Today marks the end of National Teen Driving Safety Week, but we encourage everyone to continue to stress safety - every day - with our newly-licensed drivers.
Parents, we believe, should have regular conversations with their teen drivers to establish clear rules and expectations. Make safety the centerpiece of the discussion.
"Getting behind the wheel is a new and challenging experience for teen drivers and obeying traffic laws and rules established by parents cannot be overemphasized," says Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor. "We encourage parents and family members to discuss issues such as speeding and distracted driving with their teen driver."
The facts are out there and are staggering - teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Car accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens.
Teen drivers, as well as all licensed drivers, should remember a few basic tips that will help when behind the wheel.
We offer first, perhaps the simplest of tips: Be cautious. Don't rush to get where you're going. If it's that important, leave earlier.
Don't speed. Again, another simple tip, but one that should be reiterated. Not only may it prevent an accident, it also will eliminate costly fines. We would even suggest staying under the posted limit, and depending on the condition of the roadway, operate the vehicle in a manner that makes you comfortable.
Above all, don't use a cell phone while driving - neither in conversation nor to text. Besides, it's illegal to do so and could result in a fine and a loss of license.
There are new rules that leadership within the state of Ohio are attempting to implement on teen drivers, and, as previously stated here, we back their initiative.
It about the safety of our teens.