According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of 14- to 18-year-olds in the United States. Yet, a recent survey found only one in four parents had talked seriously with their teens about what it means to be a safe driver.
Parents need to remind teens often of the responsibilities associated with driving and set clear expectations for their teen's behavior, both behind the wheel and as passengers. Teens are not only less experienced drivers, but studies show they are also more likely to fall victim to distractions and the kinds of bad decisions that can prove deadly. Studies show they're also less likely to wear seat belts, a factor that can have tragic consequences if they ever get into an accident.
NHTSA suggests that parents have their teens agree to the following "5 to Drive" rules:
1. No cell phones while driving.
2. No extra passengers.
3. No speeding.
4. No alcohol.
5. No driving or riding without a seat belt, front and back.