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

The handbook also emphasizes critical tips for coaches -; such as knowing when to call a "time out" and pull over when stress levels rise, and the importance of conducting a "post-game analysis" with your teen after the driving lesson to review what went well and where they can still improve. NHTSA gives parents tips on how to talk about safe driving behaviors with their teens and to address the most unsafe and deadly driving behaviors for teen drivers: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and driving with passengers.

The Bakersfield Police Department does have programs put in place to help keep teen drivers as safe as possible when they're behind the wheel.

Sorry mom and dad, but maybe getting another relative or family friend to teach your teen driver the fundamentals could lead to an overall less stressful and safer experience for everyone. Nationally there were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.

34 percent wish they'd learned more about handling distractions while driving. In 2016 alone, more than 3,500 teens lost their lives in fatal vehicle crashes.

Start talking now. Talk about the learning-to-drive process. These tasks that seem ordinary to a well-seasoned driver but can be threatening to a teen driver who may not have been taught how to handle these situations from driver's education or parents. Klauer says that distracting activities performed while driving are often overlooked risks, and that we need to remain diligent as the impact of mobile devices used by young adults while driving continues to increase exponentially.


Parents can play an important role in helping ensure their teen drivers take smart steps to stay safe on the road.

A nationwide study conducted by the NHTSA showed nearly 2,000 teens were in involved in fatal traffic crashes in 2015. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behaviors triples when driving with multiple passengers. Drowsiness can impair your ability to drive just like alcohol.

Stick to the speed limit. All states have instituted stricter guidelines with varying degrees of severity for teen drivers since the 1990s. Make sure they're following the rules all the time and you do that by opening up a dialogue and having a good conversation with them.

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 auto crash before they graduate from high school.

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