Is Your Teenager a Safe Driver?

Teenage driver female photoA young driver in the United States is involved in a fatal car crash nearly every two hours, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration .

That’s from 2011 statistics that showed more than 5,000 young drivers (ages 15-20) were involved in fatal car crashes, with more than 1,900 deaths and 180,000 injuries behind the wheel.

During the National Teen Driver Safety Week, parents and teens are encouraged to discuss ways to ensure that teens receive supervised driving practice, learn critical driving skills, and create family rules regarding teen driving when they become licensed drivers.

Here are tips and ideas to help parents talk with their teenagers about how to become a safe driver, shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and TheCarConnection.com.

Teach Your Children How To Stay Safe Around School Buses

 

Teaching your children a few simple guidelines about school buses will keep them out of harm’s way and get them home safe and sound, say Carl Baskerville, elementary school principal, and Dr. Ricardo Martinez, administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here are tips to help parents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Children

•  Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

•  When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.

•   Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.

•  If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.

•  Use the handrails to avoids falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings, and book bags with straps don’t get caught in the handrails or doors.

•  Never walk behind the bus.

•  Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.

•  If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

Parents

•  Teach children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer.

 

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