National Teen Driver Safety Week 2021
Driving is a big responsibility for all drivers but especially teens, as motor vehicle crashes are the largest cause of death for teens 12-19.. This week marks the 14th annual National Teen Driving Safety Week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created National Teen Driver Safety Week to raise awareness about teen driving accidents and seek effective safe driving education for teens. National Teen Driving Safety Week is an opportunity to make change happen behind the wheel. In 2019, over 2,000 automobile accident deaths involved a teen driver. Teen drivers are less experienced behind the wheel, can be easily distracted and passengers in their vehicle is one of the largest distractions for young drivers. It is important to teach teen drivers safe driving practices. If you are a parent, we encourage you to communicate with your teen about safe driving, but also lead by example and practice safe driving yourself.
The Lutzie Foundation’s 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative and safe driving checklist are great resources for teen drivers. By providing teen drivers with a physical 43 Key Seconds key and teaching the safe driving checklist communicates to them that driving is a responsibility and how they handle that responsibility can not only affect their life, but the lives of others on the road. . This week, take the time to explain the steps of the safe driving checklist to your teen driver and place the 43 Key Seconds key visible in their car and yours to serve as a reminder to take 43 Key Seconds.
- Ensure you have a clear head- one that is not affected by alcohol, drugs, emotions or fatigue.
- Have clear hands- send a text, adjust the radio and put all devices away so you can drive hands-free
- Set your sights on the road ahead. Do not look to the side at a passenger or down at a text.
- Finally, click your seatbelt. It’s the law and could save your life!
Philip Lutzenkirchen was a former high school and collegiate student-athlete, a loving son, brother, and friend, and passed away as a passenger in a distracted and impaired driving accident. Philip was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle, 23-year-old Philip was killed instantly. Philip was taken from this world too soon. National Teen Driving Safety Week is a time to be aware of dangers to young drivers and learn safe driving practices. Through the 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative, we can change the narrative behind the wheel and create the first nationally-recognized symbol for distracted and impaired driving.
Pledge to be a safe driver by signing our 43 Key Seconds pledge this week. You can also purchase a 43 Key Seconds key to serve as a reminder to take 43 Key Seconds and prioritize your safety behind the wheel.