October 18 – 24, 2015 is National Teen Driver Safety Week and serves as a good reminder to parents and teens that safety behind the wheel is a top priority throughout the year. As motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14 -18-year-olds in this country, and a 16-year-old is 20 percent more likely to be killed in a crash than an adult, it’s important that our young drivers learn the keys to safe driving in these early years.
When it comes to being prepared to drive, all teens should follow these rules before they head out on the road.
Tread carefully: The right amount of tread provides vehicles better traction, especially in wet or icy conditions.
Examine tire pressure: Everyone should know how to check tire pressure – it’s one of the easiest and most crucial maintenance steps.
Ease your load: Carrying too many passengers and/or items can overwork the vehicle by exceeding its capabilities.
No texting or distraction: Even experienced drivers can lose focus thanks to today’s multiple in-car distractions.
Slow down: When it comes to driving a vehicle, getting to your destination late should be the least of your worries.
To help teens hone their driving skills, we continue to sponsor the Tire Rack Street Survival program. When your teen attends a Street Survival school, we teach them to control their car in unpredictable situations based on its handling limits. They master the application of driving physics using their car. They also learn how to make good driving decisions and react more quickly. And through the volunteer efforts of automotive enthusiasts across the country who serve as the personal coach with each teen, the program is able to offer over 100 schools nationally. Locate a school near you, and sign your teen driver up for a class today.