Thursday, June 10, 2010

Safety for Teen Drivers

Handing your teenager the car keys - are you confident or concerned?

Learning to drive is a major rite of passage for teens (and their parents). It's a time of exciting possibilities and achievements. It's also a time of potentially serious risk. The good news is that you can make a difference by getting involved with your teen's driving.

Statistically, teenage drivers have the most accidents out of any age group. There are a number of different things that can account for this from inexperience to distractions to other factors. While no one can eliminate all the risk factors entirely, teens can educate themselves on safe driving habits. Parents too can teach their teens how to drive in a way that will increase their own safety as well as that of other drivers on the road.

Here are some tips, tools and educational resources to get you and your teen on the path to safe driving behavior.

National Safety Council
Links to local parent workshops, safety newsletters and more.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Teen driving fact sheets, statistics and more.

Parent/Teen Driving Contract

Florida Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles

Staying Safe on the Road: Driving tips for teens, how to teach a teenager to drive, and more.

Safe Driving Tips

Short one-minute videos to learn some valuable information on how to be safe in your vehicle.