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National Teen Driver Safety Week

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Getting behind the wheel can be a long awaited rite of passage for teen drivers, but must be handled with care. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 859 teenagers were killed in car accidents in 2012. That high statistic shows us just how important teen driver safety awareness is. And it all starts by making some rules…

This year's National Teen Driver Safety Week, observed October 19 – 25, is focused on "5 to Drive," which are five rules teens should follow as they hit the road.

  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

These rules may seem basic, but they're actually the most deadly behaviors for teens. In fact, the NHTSA says the first rule is broken the most by drivers 15 to 19 years old who text and drive.

Parents, if you have a young driver, talk with them about building safe habits to keep them accident-free. Also remember that kids learn by example, so be sure you're sticking to these five rules as well!

Learn more about National Teen Driver Safety Week and get tips to promote safe driving here.

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