National Teen Driver Safety Week 2016

October 16 – 22, 2016

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19- year olds in the United States. In fact, in 2014 there were 2,679 teen (15 to 19) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 123,000 teens were injured. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding, and extra passengers. These dangers are covered in the “5 to Drive” rules of the road.

To bring awareness to the importance of safety on the roads, NHTSA is using the “5 to Drive” campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week. The campaign includes a set of five rules that teen drivers need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel.

1. No drinking and driving
2. Buckle up. Every trip. Every time. Front seat and back
3. Put it down. One text or call could wreck it all
4. Stop speeding before it stops you
5. No more than one passenger at any time