5 Ways to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

With rising motor vehicle deaths, it’s important for parents to discuss the greatest dangers facing teen drivers

The U.S. is experiencing a dramatic rise in the number of auto accidents and fatalities. Traffic deaths rose 10.4 percent in the first half of 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

With the roadways becoming much more dangerous, it is important for teen drivers to take smart steps to stay safe on the road and parents play a key role.

PCI encourages parents to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Over the past two years the roadways have become much more dangerous. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of deaths for teenagers in the U.S., jumped more than 10 percent since 2014.

Points for Parents:
  • Teenagers are especially vulnerable to accidents caused by distracted driving. Set a good example and educate their loved ones to put the phone down and pay attention to the road.
  • Make sure your teen knows what to in case he or she gets into an accident.
  • Set firm rules regarding driving behavior for your teen and frequently remind your teen about these rules.
  • Check your State’s GDL law before your teen takes to the road. Some states have rules addressing passengers in vehicles with teen drivers. Keep in mind with each passenger in the vehicle, your teen’s risk of a fatal crash goes up.

PCI is working with policymakers, industry leaders, and consumers to promote driver safety and enact highway safety laws to protect motorists and pedestrians and keep insurance costs stable.

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In support of NHTSA’s “5 to Drive” campaign PCI conducted a poll which highlights the need for more parents to discuss the greatest dangers young drivers may be facing:

  1. Distracted driving
  2. Lack of seat belt use
  3. Speeding
  4. Impaired driving
  5. Extra passengers





Learn More

SaferCars.com: Parents Central

New Poll Finds 5 Key Driving Risks More Parents Should Discuss with their Kids

Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

Auto Safety and Consumer Costs


Online survey of over 1,000 U.S. parents was conducted in September 2016 by Harris Poll on behalf of PCI. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration