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    10 Safe Driving Tips for Teens

    How to Keep Your Teenager Safe on the Road

    Nov 18, 2007 Mary McCarthy

    AAA Safe Teen Driving Campaign - www.aaaexchange.comTeen driving safety is an important goal for all parents. Here are ten ways to keep teens safe on

    the road.

    Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20 year olds. Handing keys to your

    teenager for the first time is enough to cause teeth-clenching, hand-wringing anxiety for even the

    calmest of parents. In honor of Teen Driving Safety Awareness week, AAA released a list of 10Things Parents Can Do To Keep Their Teen Driver Safe. (Washington DC 10/15/07)

    Parents can have a tremendous impact on their teens safety, said Robert L. Darbelnet,

    president and CEO of AAA. Teen Driver Safety Week provides an opportunity for parents tofocus on teen driver safety and take practical steps that can reduce teen driver crashes. AAA

    created a list of ten things parents can do to help keep their teen drivers safe all year long.

    Know Your Teen

    Not all teens are ready to drive at the same age. Teenagers mature, develop emotionally and

    become responsible at different ages Parents need to truly know their teen in order to determine

    when their teen is ready to drive.

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    Be a Responsible Role Model

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Parents driving behavior directly influence the drivingactions of their teens. AAA Research has found that, when using the number of collisions and

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    traffic tickets as criteria, the parents of teens involved in crashes were more likely to have poor

    driving records than the parents of collision-free teens.

    Choose Quality Driving School

    Driving can be a risky activity for teens and warrants professional instruction. It's essential forparents to find a driving school with current curricula and professionally trained instructors.

    Practice Makes Better Teen Drivers

    Supervised driving sessions with parents can provide teens with opportunities to enhance

    learning, reinforce proper driving techniques and skills, and receive constructive feedback from

    the people who care most about their safety and success. AAA offers a parent coaching programcalledTeaching Your Teens To Drive, to assist parents.

    No Teen Passengers At Night

    Teen drivers' chances of crashing increase with each additional teen passenger. Parents need to

    make sure they know who is driving with their teen at all times. Teen crash rates spike at nightand most nighttime crashes occur between 9 p.m. and midnight.

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    Teens Need Sleep

    Teens need about nine hours of sleep every night, but many teens fall short due to the

    combination of early-morning school start times and homework, sports, after-school jobs and

    other activities. Lack of sleep negatively affects vision, hand-eye coordination, reaction time andjudgment.

    Eliminate Distractions

    Cell phones and text messaging have rightly gotten significant media and legislative attention as

    hazardous distractions for teen drivers. 1/3 of states have recently banned cell phone use by newteen drivers. Parents should make it a strict rule in their households, too.

    Create a Contract

    A parent-teen driving agreement with rules, conditions, restrictions and consequences of teensdriving written down in advance establishes driving as a privilege, and not something to be taken

    lightly. Parents should establish rules and consequences that they and their teens agree upon that

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    extend beyond state laws. If the teen breaks a family driving rule, consequences should be

    enforced. Proper driving behavior should be encouraged and rewarded with additional liberties.

    Discuss and Review

    Parental involvement and communication is critical in the prevention of teen-related crashes,injuries and fatalities. Designate a time each week to address concerns (both parent and teen) and

    review the teens driving performance.

    Make Smart Vehicle Choices

    As the family member most likely to crash, a teen should drive the safest vehicle the family

    owns. Things to consider are vehicle type (sedans are generally safer than sports cars, SUVs andpickup trucks), size (larger vehicles fare better in crashes than smaller vehicles) and safety

    technology (front and side air bags, anti-lock brakes and stability control systems).

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    Driving Tips Especially for Teens

    If you are stranded and have a cell phone, dial*47 (*HP) for the nearest Highway Patrol dispatcher or *KTA on the Kansas Turnpike for

    assistance.

    From Kansas' seasoned travelers to students fresh out of driver's ed, all drivers need a few

    reminders now and then. The Kansas Highway Patrol offers the following safety tips for yournext safe, successful turn behind the wheel.

    Always buckle your seat belt! If the car has a passenger-side air bag, do not let children or smallteens ride in the front passenger seat. They should be buckled up in the back seat.

    Never drive after drinking or taking drugs! Even some over-the-counter drugs can impair

    driving. Check the warning label before taking them.

    Leave tricks and racing to professional drivers. They are trained and operate under controlledconditions you cannot duplicate.

    Drive defensively, and obey traffic laws and speed limits. You do not own the road, but you doown a car. Be responsible and protect it, yourself, and others. Watch out for deer, aggressive

    drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

    Headlights make you more visible to others. Use them during dusk, night, dawn, inclement

    weather, and even daylight on long stretches of roadway.

    Be cautious about assuming what other drivers will do. For example, even if a car's turn signal is

    on, wait for the driver to commit to the turn before you pull out in front of him or her. Keep atleast a two-second distance away from the vehicle ahead of you.

    If your lane is obstructed, wait for oncoming traffic to clear before you pull around. To avoid a

    head-on collision, be extremely cautious passing on a two-lane road.

    Learn what to do during severe weather.

    Looking away from the road for a few seconds can cause an accident, so avoid distractions. Pull

    over at a safe spot to talk on the phone, comb your hair or put on make-up, find a different CD,

    let a bug out of the car, or clean up a mess. If your friends will be distracting passengers, do not

    drive with them.

    A loud stereo can be distracting, make you drive faster than you should, and keep you from

    hearing a siren or horn. Turn it down to be on the safe side.

    To go somewhere new, get complete directions and understand them before you go.

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    Do not drive tired. Do not use cruise control late at night or when you are tired. If you fall asleep,

    the car will crash at that speed.

    Do not drive when you are angry or upset. Strong emotions can distract you or encourage foolish

    actions.

    Learn how to pump your own gas, jump-start a car, and properly maintain your car, e.g. how to

    check and add oil and windshield washer fluid. If you are stranded and have a cell phone, dial*47 (*HP) for the nearest Highway Patrol dispatcher or *KTA on the Kansas Turnpike for

    assistance.

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    Ford Driving Skills for Life urges high school grads to drive safely

    It's the time of year when teenagers celebrate the rite of passage called high school graduation

    and eagerly look forward to continuing their lives in various ways. Unfortunately, those lives can

    be threatened through unsafe driving practices and tu...