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"5 to Drive" Safety Campaign Aims to Reduce Teen Car Accidents

Posted On behalf of Simien & Simien on Oct 23, 2013 in Automotive

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the leading cause of death for teenagers 14 to 18-years-old is a motor vehicle accident. With these shocking statistics in mind, the agency created a national safe driving campaign they call, “5 to Drive” in an attempt to reduce the number of teen fatalities and educate families on ways to keep their kids safe behind the wheel.

The plan clearly lays out a strategy combining basic good driving habits with communication between teens and their parents in order to implement it.

“5 to Drive” can be enacted anywhere with drivers of any age by following five easy steps:

1. No cell phone use, texting or emailing while driving
2. No extra passengers
3. No speeding
4. No alcohol
5. Always wearing a seat belt

These five simple rules of the road are meant to combat the poor decisions that teens make when they get behind the wheel, and based on the NHTSA’s research those decisions are major contributing factors to fatalities.

The campaign will coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week which runs October 20-26, 2013.