Teen Driver Safety Week: Info Your Teen Driver Needs to Know

Law enforcement, safety groups remind teens to stay safe behind the wheel

Ford Driving Skills for Life gives teens on the road training

Nationally there were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.

In addition, a section on basic vehicle and tire maintenance includes information that teens should know to stay safe on the road, but that often are not taught in drivers' education classes. "AAA supports efforts to extend the amount of time teens spend on the road during their probationary period in an effort to protect them, their passengers and other motorists".

Beyond driver's education training, the program focuses on the issues and obstacles drivers face that cause crashes, including vehicle handling, hazard recognition, speed and space management, and distracted and impaired driving.

The Bakersfield Police Department wants to draw attention to National Teen Driver Safety Week happening between October 15 and October 21, 2017.

Officer Nelson with the RCPD says they typically see teen drivers easily distracted while on the road as well as speeding.

Don't drink and drive. In 2015, among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, 10 percent were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Show you take driving seriously.

Always wear a seatbelt. This helps parents understand what their child will be learning, what learning is required outside of school, and familiarizes them with the state GDL laws. All the Time. Distractions while driving are more than just risky-they can be deadly. Parents and guardians must set firm driving rules to impact their teen's driving behavior.

Pull over if you're drowsy. This is a unsafe habit that can lead to drowsy driving. In crashes involving teen drivers when the driver wasn't buckled, 84 percent of their passengers weren't, either. All states have instituted stricter guidelines with varying degrees of severity for teen drivers since the 1990s.

Maintain a safe distance. Unfortunately, according to the NHTSA, after years of decline, teen driving crashes and fatalities are on the rise, and that's nothing to joke about. In wet weather, double or triple the space you normally leave between you and the auto in front of you.

The Handbook's defensive plays cover critical maneuvers and practices that drivers need to respond safely to road conditions and other drivers.

Tragically, 22 of those 2017 traffic deaths in the Commonwealth have been teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age.* With this initiative being held during National Teen Driver Safety Week, it's important to highlight the fact that half of all teens will be involved in a vehicle crash before they graduate from high school.

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