Perhaps one of a parent’s biggest nightmares is the day their teen gets a driver’s license and heads off on the road. No matter how much training, education and parental advice is provided, it is a scary time.
Teens are at greatest risk for an accident. According to the Center for Disease Control, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. For these facts and more info, please visit the CDC website.
In an effort to improve teen driving, May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month. The goal is to share information with teens about concrete steps they can take to drive safely. The Allstate Foundation is one of many organizations with such a program.
The Florida Department of Transportation supports all efforts to improve the safety of youth driving. A current theme today is reducing texting and use of all other electronic devices which distract. The Florida 511 Traveler Information System can do its small part. Parents can encourage teens to check the FL511 website before leaving on a trip for any possible hazards (severe weather, congestion, incidents); and then have a passenger use the app once on the road, if needed. Teen drivers can also use it while parked off the road, but not when driving. To learn more, please visit FL511.com.