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Crash Facts

"Among children under 5 years old, an estimated 316 lives were saved in 2000 by child restraint use. Of these 316 lives saved, 282 were associated with the use of child safety seats and 33 with the use of adult belts.";

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"Readiness for opportunity makes for success. Opportunity often comes by accident; readiness never does." —Samuel Rayburn

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New Driver Checklist For Parents

checkThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed the following "checklist" for parental use in helping new drivers learn safe driving skills. Driver education begins the process in teaching teenagers how to drive. However, parental involvement is crucial to the student driver in developing more advanced road skills. See Chart Below.


Skills to Master Before Traffic

Teaching Your Teenager is
(Use an automatic transmission car)
Brake Control,
Starting & Stopping,
Right & Left Turns,
Backing Right & Left,
In an Empty Parking Lot,
Master starting and stopping, turning, and backing in an off-street area, before entering light traffic in a residential area. Keep the speed low, under 25 mph! Be careful. Think, "What if... ?" Expect the worst, it probably will happen. Your new driver is inexperienced and will make mistakes. Do not put yourself or your new driver in unnecessary danger.


Parent Coaching: First-Drive Tips


  • Always wear safety belts.
  • Drive student to practice area.
  • Begin in an empty parking lot
  • Get control before entering traffic
  • Do not enter traffic until safe.
  • Always exercise caution.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected. 

Driving and the Daredevil Teen

closeup eyes RISKY DRIVING

Teenagers are more likely than other age groups to be involved in motor vehicle crashes as both drivers and passengers. Motor vehicle injuries are by far the leading public health problem for young people 13-19 years old. Nationally, 1 out of 4 boys will be involved in an alcohol related traffic crash before the age of 18.

How to Tell Left From Right

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Coach Help Guide Student's Thinking:

Graduated Driver Licensing for Teenage Drivers

Drivers license A significant percentage of young drivers are involved in traffic crashes and are twice as likely as adult drivers to be in a fatal crash. Sixteen-year-old drivers have crash rates that are three times greater than 17-year-old drivers, five times greater than 18-year-old drivers, and twice the rate of 85-year-old drivers.

Not Getting Home for the Playoffs

Gabe's TombstoneWhen their 16-year-old son Gabriel missed his Friday night curfew, Charles and Maureen Puccia started to fear the worst. They wouldn't know for hours that Gabe had died with two teenage friends in a crash earlier that night.

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