National Teen Driver Safety Week

Each year, roughly 400,000 teenage drivers between 16 and 20 are injured in car accidents (www.car-accidents.com). With this in mind, the Department of Motor Vehicles has made this week National Teen Driver Safety Week. It emphasizes the role we have as parents to guide and be involved in our teen driver’s education about traffic laws, knowledge of the car, and driving safe. Research done by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance has discovered that 89 percent of teenagers say that their parents are the most influential when it comes to encouraging safe driving. Ways in which we can encourage our children to have safe driving habits are by setting clear rules, having knowledge of who they are going with and where, and reminding our kids that the rules are there because we care about their safety. TattleTeen.com is a great site focused on supporting safe teen drivers. They offer tons of information to raise awareness for keeping teen drivers and the roads they share with others safe as well as a service to monitor teen driving that parents can subscribe to.

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