The 6th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week has kicked off. It takes place from October 14 – 20, 2012.
‘Share, Not Scare’
is the theme this year
where they want to emphasize the fact that exposing teens to pictures and reenactments of car crashes may not be the best way to change behavior. Instead, the message can get through by communicating the benefits of safe driving.
Focus of National Teen Driver Safety Week:
- Parental involvement in driver’s ed;
- Implementing graduated driver licensing;
- Increasing seat belt use; and
- Reducing teen access to alcohol.
Young drivers have always been more vulnerable to death and injury on the road. Teens are involved in three times as many fatal accidents as all other drivers.
Causes of Teen-Related Accidents:
- Inexperience and immaturity
- Drinking and driving
- Not wearing seat belts
- Distracted driving (cell phones, loud music, other teen passengers)
- Drowsy and/or nighttime driving
- Drug use
A great resource for teens driving safety is TeenDriverSource.org. They have the following tips to help you get started with the message of safe driving:
- Focus on the positive
- Engage rather than offend
- Empower rather than scare
Want more information on what others are doing or want to share what has helped you? Then, join in to
Live Twitter Chat on October 18th from 3 -4 p.m. EST!.
For more information, go to teendriversource.org/events.
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