Thank you to the Allstate Foundation and National Safety Council for sponsoring this post. Check out Drive it Home, a website by and for parents, dedicated to keeping our teen drivers safe.
Did you know that New York has the highest teen driving fatality rate in the country? This is just the first statistic that caught my attention at the Drive It Home Show. Allstate and The National Safety Council stresses the most important thing before putting a teen behind the wheel is practice. Car crashes are the number one killer of Americans from 3 to 25 years old, with teens three times more likely than any other age group. A third of parents' biggest regret is not giving their children enough opportunities to practice driving in various situations. Drive It Home offers lifesaving recommendations such as:
- driving at least 30 minutes a week with a newly licensed teen
- teaching them to scan the road ahead to recognize and control hazards
- guiding them with judging the gap between exiting parking lots and making left- hand turns
- practicing following at a safe distance, controlling speed, stopping, and turning
Finally, recognize the fact that every time you get behind the wheel you are modeling to your children what type of driver you'd like them to be. Be a good role model and remember that the only person who is in control is the driver.
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Check out this video to get more statistics and teen crash risks to discuss with your children.