Reducing Driving Risks With Teens

October 19, 2020

National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct 18-24) is an ideal time for families to focus on reducing driving risks with their teens. New teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash than adults. On average, at least 8 teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes each day in the US. Inexperience, distraction, and impairment from drugs or alcohol are the major causes of crashes among teen crashes. That being said, teens in states with graduated drivers' licenses, like Illinois, have fewer crashes.

Parents can partner with their teen driver to keep everyone safer on the road with three simple steps.

  1. Role model good driving behaviors by not speeding, using phones, or driving under the influence
  2. Practice makes a better driver. Ride in the car with your teen at different times of the day and in different weather conditions
  3. Fill out a parent-teen driving agreement and stick to it!

To support parents and teen drivers, the Teamwork to Reduce Infant, Child, and Adolescent Mortality Program (TRICAM) of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has compiled a list of resources that support safer teen driving. Resources include a listing of free, web-based, parent-guided driving plans and mobile applications that monitor driving and/or restrict cell phone use. This resource can be accessed on our website at www.luriechildrens.org/TRICAMresources. With these resources, parents can support safer teen driving and reduce risk factors associated with teen driving.