July 4 Declared Deadliest Day For Teens And Americans On The Road
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In the U.S., car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Based on the latest available data, IIHS reports that more than 800 people were killed on
Teens accounted for nearly 10 percent of the fatalities that occur on
"These tragedies are compounded by the fact that many crashes are preventable," stated
Currently, legislation that would encourage the states to enact optimal teen driving laws, or
- Talk to your teen early and often. Discuss the risks and responsibilities of driving with your child at a young age and keep talking to your teen before, during and after the licensing process.
- Don't rush the training process. Just because teens have a permit or license doesn't mean they are ready for every driving condition. By easing into the training process, you'll help ensure you and your teen will be ready for any situation.
- Understand your state's laws. GDL laws are minimum standards that can help keep teens safer on the road; however, the more that parents are involved in their teen's driving experience, the more likely that teen will be a safer driver and passenger. To help educate parents and teens about the safety measures that keep drivers protected,
The Allstate Foundationcreated a new free Parent-Teen Driving Agreement. The agreement can help parents and their teens make safer decisions when they get behind the wheel and when they ride as passengers with their friends.
- Practice what you preach. Be a positive role model when you're behind the wheel. Your teen is more likely to be a calm and courteous driver, wear a seat belt and follow the rules of the road if they see you do the same.
- X the TXT ® - Pledge not to text and drive, and help reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries. Join the X the TXT movement at www.facebook.com/XtheTXT
- Educate your community – Start the conversation about federal legislation that can help make our teens safer on the road. Find out more about the life-saving legislation making its way through
SOURCE The Allstate Foundation's License to Save