WASHINGTON – Parents need to keep five specific things in mind when talking to their teens about driving, according to a new campaign under way from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
The agency says parents should drive home the following points:
- No cell phones
- No extra passengers
- No speeding
- No alcohol
- Always wear a seat belt
Traffic crashes are the No. 1 killer of 14 to 18-year-olds, said NHTSA spokesman David Strickland. And he hopes the “5 to Drive” campaign can help lower the number dramatically.
"The teen's first 6 months behind the wheel are the most hazardous for the young driver,” Strickland said. “They're too inexperienced and in their own minds too indestructible to take safe driving seriously unless parents lay down the law."