Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths. October 14th to October 20th is dedicated to bringing awareness of safe teen driving by sharing, not scaring. It's the National Teen Driver Safety Week.
By focusing on positive behaviors, and empowering teen drivers, organizations across the nation hope to educate teens on how to be safe drivers.
South Dakota Highway Patrol Lieutenant David Berkley says as parents you can lead by example by not speeding or text and drive. But he also says young drivers should challenge their friends to practice safe driving habits. "Even if you're the passenger of the vehicle you can still challenge that driver and say hey what are you doing here my safety's involved here and also as the driver you're in charge of what's going on in that vehicle with the passengers," said Berkley. "Make sure they're seat belted in and not trying to distract you as the driver."
According to teendriversource.org the greatest chance of crashing in your lifetime occurs during the six months after getting your driver's license. Three "critical errors common in serious teen driver accidents include lack of scanning to detect and respond to hazards, driving too fast for road conditions, and being distracted by something inside or outside of the vehicle.