Although this is something that parents should discuss with teens throughout the year, this week has been identified as National Teen Driver Safety Week. Parents are encouraged to have conversations with their teenage drivers about safety behind the wheel in efforts to decrease accidents and fatalities from the greatest dangers for teenage drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seatbelt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and too many passengers in the vehicle.

The leading cause of death for 15 to 18 year olds is motor vehicle crashes, topping all other types of injuries, diseases or violence. There were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes across the nation in 2015, and an estimated 99,000 drivers were injured. The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says that 52 young drivers under the age of 21 died in Iowa in 2015, and that losing even one more is too many. Statistics and points of conversation to bring up with your teen driver can be found here.

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