Bakersfield Police bring awareness to National Teen Driver Safety Week
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 21, 2017,
Oct 21, 2017, 0:11
"Parents and caregivers are urged to talk about safe driving behaviors with their teens to address the most unsafe and deadly teen driving behaviors: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and driving with passengers".
Passengers. Passengers in a teen's vehicle can lead to disastrous consequences. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and National Safety Council (NSC) research, more USA teens are killed by vehicle crashes than anything else and they're three times more likely to be involved in a crash compared to a more experience driver.
It would also prohibit permit holders to drive between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless they're accompanied by a parents or guardian. In 2015, in California, 283 teens were behind the wheel at the time of fatal collisions, and 63 percent of those young drivers were at fault. Classroom instruction and monitored practice may be helpful when learning the fundamentals of driving, but many teen drivers wish they'd learned more about what to do when things go wrong.
This week is Teen Driver Safety Week and the focus aims to inform parents of the alarming statistics.
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Vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of teens, but over the past decade tremendous advancements in safety and education have resulted in a drop in deaths involving teen drivers. Klauer says that distracting activities performed while driving are often overlooked risks, and that we need to remain diligent as the impact of mobile devices used by young adults while driving continues to increase exponentially.
The CHP is aware of the importance of role models in a youth's development. Distracted driving isn't limited to cell phone use; other passengers, audio and climate controls in the vehicle and eating or drinking while driving are all examples of risky distractions for teen drivers. Not surprisingly, the study found that more than half of teen drivers (57 percent) would prefer to learn driving skills from someone other than their own parents. Drowsiness can impair your ability to drive just like alcohol. Remind your teen to always drive within the speed limit.
No speeding. Greater speed equals less reaction time, especially for drivers with less experience. Make sure your teen gets a good night's sleep; their grades, their friends, their passengers, and other drivers will thank them because they'll be a safer driver.
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