Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Ford Driving Skills for Life gives teens on the road training

Ford Driving Skills for Life gives teens on the road training

Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance, including illicit or prescription drugs, could have deadly consequences. NHTSA gives parents tips on how to talk about safe driving behaviors with their teens and to address the most unsafe and deadly driving behaviors for teen drivers: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and driving with passengers. "Over the past ten years we have seen a great combined effort to keep teens safe behind the wheel", said Chris Mullen, Director of Technology Research at State Farm.

One of the top priorities to talk to your teen about should be buckling up every time, in every seat. Nationally there were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015. In 2015, in California, 283 teens were behind the wheel at the time of fatal collisions, and 63 percent of those young drivers were at fault. If you have teenagers, that anxiety can rise even more, especially when they start to drive.

THE number of driving deaths among IL teens has dropped by half since the state instituted stricter guidelines for earning a driver's license almost a decade ago.

A group of high school students spent the morning learning about the dangers of distracted driving and that their driving skills might not be as sharp as they thought.

Vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of teens, but over the past decade tremendous advancements in safety and education have resulted in a drop in deaths involving teen drivers.

Content in the "Coaching Your Teen Driver" handbook is drawn in part from lessons Michelin developed in association with the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA).

The CHP is aware of the importance of role models in a youth's development. By a huge margin, teen drivers rate their personal devices as the number one source of distraction behind the wheel, ahead of eating or drinking, friends, family, music and navigation.

Stick to the speed limit. Parents and guardians must set firm driving rules to impact their teen's driving behavior. Teens are busier than ever -- studying, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs and spending time with friends are among the long list of things they do to fill their time.

Knowing the difference between helpful connected vehicle technology and technology that is a distraction will be essential to the safety of our newest drivers and it's up to parents and guardians to help educate them on this important topic. This is a risky habit that can lead to drowsy driving.

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