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Teen Driver Safety
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Teen injuries and deaths caused by car crashes can be prevented. Be aware of the leading causes of teen car crashes. Stay safe by using a parent-teen driving agreement.
What to know about teen driver safety:
Teen injuries and deaths caused by car crashes can be prevented. Be aware of the leading causes of teen car crashes. Use a parent-teen driving agreement. The agreement goes through safety actions promised by the teen. It also tells what the consequences are if the actions are not followed. Ask your healthcare provider where to get the agreement.
Teen driver safety guidelines:
- Always wear your seatbelt. The easiest way to prevent deaths in crashes is to buckle up.
- Be aware of possible problems. Problems may include other vehicles, weather, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Make sure to practice on different roads, at different times of day. Also practice in all types of weather.
- Give driving your full attention. Distractions can increase your risk of a crash. Do not talk on a cellphone or text while driving. Food and radios can also be a distraction while you are driving. Do not eat or try to adjust the radio while driving.
- Limit the number of teen passengers. Your risk for a crash goes up if you allow other teens in your car. Follow your state's restrictions for the number of teens in your car. Your state may say 0 to 1 teen.
- Nighttime driving increases your risk for crashes. Drive during daytime hours or be off the road fairly early in the evening.
- Be well rested when you drive. Do not drive while you are drowsy or tired.
- Do not drive while impaired. One alcoholic drink can cause impairment. Drugs can also cause impairment. Do not drive if you are using drugs.
- Obey the speed limits. Make sure your speed matches the road conditions. Leave enough space between you and the car in front of you in case of sudden stops.
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