SAFE IN 60

Safe In 60: Parents Of Teen Drivers Must Lead By Example

Sep 7, 2020, 10:45 AM
FILE: A driver uses a cell phone while driving....
FILE: A woman is on her cell phone while driving.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Many teenagers are getting back to school, sports, and spending time with their friends.

However, their lack of driving experience can have deadly consequences. Now is good time to remember that vehicle crashes kill more teens than any other cause of death.

When it comes to the rules behind the wheel, it’s a bit like “monkey see, monkey do.” If mom and dad can do it – then so can the teen, so parents need to lead by example.

No cell phones

Driving requires all attention to be on the road – especially for a new driver. Texting and driving do not mix.

No speeding

Speeding is a factor in almost one-third of all teen crashes.

No passengers

Passengers can be a major distraction for a teen driver. That is why the State of Utah has the Graduated Driver License rules. Only immediate family members can ride with new teen drivers for the first six months.

No drowsy driving

Under the Graduated Driver License rules, driving between midnight – 5 a.m. is also not allowed for the first six months.

No alcohol

Unfortunately, in 2017, nearly one out of every seven teens involved in fatal crashes had been drinking alcohol.

Always buckle up for every ride, every time.

Get involved when it comes to your teen and driving. Make sure your teen knows the extent of responsibility they are taking on when they get behind the wheel.

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Safe In 60: Parents Of Teen Drivers Must Lead By Example