5 to Drive: Talk to your teens about safe driving

By Anna Edwards Oct 21, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14- to 18-year-olds in the United States. In 2013, 2,614 teen (15- to 19-year-olds) DangersTeenageDriving-454x1024passenger vehicle drivers were involved in fatal crashes and about 130,000 were injured. Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25 percent of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving.

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Wyoming Medical Center Safe Communities is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the “5 to Drive” campaign, an effort encouraging parents of teen drivers to always set the rules before teens hit the road.

Talking to your kids about the dangers of driving is one of the best things you can do to help keep them safe. Remind your teen that driving is a privilege to be taken seriously. Set driving ground rules before you hand over your keys, and use the “5 to Drive” recommendations:

  1. No texting.
  2. No extra passengers.
  3. No speeding.
  4. No alcohol.
  5. Buckle up, every time.

Car crashes are the greatest danger teenagers face, but they are preventable. Take a few minutes to talk to your teen about safe driving this week.

Anna Edwards is the grant coordinator for the Safe Communities program at Wyoming Medical Center. She has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit program development and management. She is the mother of a very active toddler. When she’s not running after her daughter, Anna spends her time reading, gardening and managing her growing obsession with yarn. Email her at aedwards@wyomingmedicalcenter.org or call (307) 577-7904. 

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