For teens (and adults), safe driving involves more than just following traffic signals and rules of the road. It means saying no to distractions like texting and phone calls, and learning to be vigilant behind the wheel. Every day, six teens ages 16-19 are killed in motor vehicle crashes and hundreds more are injured, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Akron Children’s is dedicated to helping you keep your teen safe on the road – whether they’re driving or in a car with a friend who is.
Top Tips for Teen Drivers
Say No to Distracted Driving
Cell phones are a big liability for drivers of all ages – especially teens. GPS, other devices and even the radio can be just as dangerous. Give your teen alternatives to these bad habits, like pulling into a parking lot to answer phone calls. Be sure to set a good example as well.
The more passengers a teen has in the car with them, the more likely they are to crash. Consider creating a no-passengers rule until your teen is more experienced. Also, check your state laws regarding teen drivers and passengers. In Ohio, teens under 17 years old may not operate a vehicle with more than one non-family member as a passenger unless accompanied by a legal guardian.
Every person in a car should wear a seat belt. This can’t be stressed enough. Unfortunately, teens are the least likely age group to wear seat belts. But seat belts are still the best and easiest way to minimize injury in the event of a crash or sudden stop.
Take the Safe Driving Pledge
The pledge makes it easy for your family to talk about safe driving. And it’s a way to add safe driving to your teen’s list of achievements. Take the pledge here.
The Safe Mobility Project
The Safe Mobility Project is a collaboration between Akron Children’s Hospital and the Goodyear Foundation. It enables the hospital and community partner organizations to expand child safety programs focusing on child passenger seats, bike helmets and teen drivers.
Bringing more to childhood means helping your family safely make the most of every moment. For more information on driving safety, see the links below.