Make sure vehicle is road worthy before handing key to teen drivers
New laptop, new wardrobe, new tires?
Families spend more than $600 on back-to-school supplies every year, but how much do they spend to ensure their teenager is traveling safely to and from school? A new school year is an exciting time for teens. It means new clothes, new school supplies, a new schedule of classes. It’s a great new start!
But they aren't of much value if students don’t arrive at school.
Safe travel begins with a vehicle that is up to the challenge.
Families do their best to outfit their youth with the best, but few consider the safety of travel to and from school. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 5,000 teens (ages 16-20) are killed each year in passenger vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children.
The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) encourages families to include car, route and travel safety in back-to-school readiness.
“Parents are involved in so much of their teen’s lives, everything from grades, to sports, to who they are hanging out with,” says Sandy Spavone, NOYS executive director, “but what they don’t know is that they have the opportunity to get involved and positively influence one of the most important and dangerous activities a teen will experience – driving.”
Idaho’s graduated driver’s program for young drivers combines practical experience and expert instruction for teens en route to their first license. ITD and its highway safety partners also offer resources to improve safety for teenage drivers, including the Teen Driving website (idahoteendriving.org) and Parent’s Supervised Driving Program.
Parents and teens must work together to prevent crashes and encourage back-to-school driver/travel safety. Many new teen drivers are driving to school for the first time, and it’s possible that normal routes to school have been under construction during the summer months, so extra caution is needed during the back-to-school season. NOYS encourages parents to discuss and prepare their children for the safest route to school.
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