In its 13th year, National Teen Driver Safety Week takes place October 18-24. With more than 815,000 licensed teen drivers in Florida, it is so important for teens to practice safe driving. The week is dedicated to reinforcing safety rules with teens so that they can be safe behind the wheel and if they are riding with friends. It’s a great time to remind teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, alcohol, drugs, speeding and not wearing a seat belt.
Florida Teen Driver Crash Facts
- In 2019 there were 463 teen driver fatal crashes
- In 2019 there were 4,060 teen driver crashes with serious bodily injuries
- Parents can be the biggest influencers on teens’ choices behind the wheel if they take the time to talk with their teens about some of the biggest driving risks.
National Teen Driver Safety Week was created to help teens focus on the positive things they can do when driving to keep them safe. According to AAA, new teen drivers are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash and when a teen is in a crash, six out of ten times it is caused by driver distraction. Florida uses a multi-stage licensing process. This allows teen drivers to gradually gain experience as they ease into more complicated driving situations.
What Adults Can Do
While it’s important to talk to your teen driver, what’s more important is to set the example while driving. As a parent or guardian, if you have displayed bad driving habits, the most important thing you can do is to talk to your teen about it. Admit that you could have done better and ask your teen to correct your bad driving habits. By learning with them, it can make a difference and set a good example that they will want to follow. Your teen will respect your honesty and willingness to change and maybe that will help one day save a life.