This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the California Highway Patrol is doing their part to raise awareness to the risks teen drivers face on the road. Teen drivers have the highest risk of being killed in a car accident in the United States so the CHP is trying to education and inform teens about safe driving behaviors that can reduce the risk of being in a car accident. 

In 2010, 535 teenagers were killed in car accidents in California, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many fatal car accidents involving teens are caused by distracted driving and other unsafe driving behaviors like speeding and not following traffic laws.

Distracted driving is known to be very dangerous and contribute to many car accidents every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that distracted driving caused more than seven teenage fatalities every day in 2010. 

Since it is National Teen Driver Safety Week, it is important for teens and parents to understand the risk teenagers face every time they get behind the wheel. Parents and safety officials should take steps to inform teen drivers about dangerous driving behaviors that commonly contribute to car accidents. 

One thing parents can do is model safe driving behaviors for the teens and make sure their teens know what types of behaviors increase the chance of being in a car accident. It is also helpful to monitor their teen’s driving even after they get their driver’s license to make sure they are getting enough experience, especially in poor weather conditions and at night.

These efforts and other safety programs that teach teens about the dangers of distracted driving will hopefully lead to fewer fatal car accidents in California.

Source: Signals SCV, “National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 20 – 26, 2013,” Oct. 16, 2013