May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month

May is National Youth Traffic Safety MonthAccording to traffic safety data by NHTSA, 1,987 15 to 20 year old drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. That number had increased by 1% from 2010, and doesn’t include the 180,000 drivers who were injured in vehicle crashes that same year.

That’s why May’s National Youth Traffic Safety Month is so important – every year groups across the USA partner together to promote teen safety and safe driving practices for teens. Some of the safe practices promoted to teen drivers are:

 

  • Avoiding distractions while driving – teens shouldn’t talk on cell phones, text, or eat while driving.
  • Wearing seat belts at all times – seat belts can decrease the risk of dying in a crash by 45%.
  • Practice defense driving by being aware of cars surrounding you and always keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Stick to the speed limits – speed limits are set to be the maximum you should drive, so don’t drive beyond what the posted limit states.

For many teens, there’s a certain feeling of ‘It can’t happen to me” when it comes to vehicle crashes. Take time this National Youth Traffic Safety Month to become aware of the dangers of teen driving and help yourself or your teen stay safe while on the road.