The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled its “5 to Drive” campaign, which gives parents and teens a simple checklist to help them talk about good driving skills that can prevent crashes. Below are five critical practices that promote teen driving safety. If you’re buying a new car, look for the best auto loans at Bankrate.com.
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Tell teens: Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel.
Why: Inexperienced drivers are more susceptible to being distracted behind the wheel.
Key statistic: Making a phone call increases teens’ risk of crashing sixfold. Texting increases their crash risk 23 times.
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Tell teens: No extra passengers in the car.
Why: Teens are more likely to get distracted or engage in a risky behavior with a friend in the car than when driving alone.
Key statistic: Teens are three times more likely to do something risky when driving with multiple passengers.
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Tell teens: Drive the speed limit.
Why: Speeding increases the risk of a car crash.
Key statistic: Speed was a factor in 35 percent of fatal crashes with teen drivers in 2011.
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Tell teens: Don’t drink and drive.
Why: Teens are more likely to be killed in an alcohol-related car crash than anyone else.
Key statistic: About 31 percent of drivers 15-20 years old who were killed in car crashes in 2006 had been drinking.
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Tell teens: Buckle up when you drive.
Why: Seat belts prevent injuries and promote driving safety.
Key statistic: In 2011, a majority of teens who were killed in car crashes were not wearing seat belts.