What’s four times deadlier than COVID-19 for teenagers? Teenage driving. The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) is partnering with tens of thousands of students making up the Students Against Destructive Drivers (SADD) to launch a national public awareness campaign to save teen lives called, “The Safest Summer Ever.”
Director with (NRSF), Michelle Anderson says, “The one thing a lot of people don’t know is that car crashes are the number one killer for teens.” According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, in 2018 there were 86 teen traffic deaths in Colorado, but teen driving danger is everywhere. “Keeping your eyes on the road, and your hands on the wheel, and your mind on driving. that applies to any state,” says Anderson.
The Safest Summer Ever is aimed at combating teen driving deaths during the time period traffic safety officials refer to as, “The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” This is the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day where there’s a 21% spike in teen traffic fatalities, according to the NRSF. Tens of thousands of students with SADD want to save their friends lives with this campaign, but perhaps the best help comes from home. In & Out Driving instructor and parent, Paul Turner says, “Have the parents involved.” Michelle also says parents serve as the best role models for driving safely, “Whatever that teen sees their parent do, that’s what they’re gonna do when they’re behind the wheel, and not with their parent,” says Anderson.
What could be tougher than parallel parking? How about knowing the fact that 1,100 to 1,600 teenagers will die on our roadways this summer, but helping your teen is as easy as a ride along. “Drive ahead of them. Look ahead. Talk to them about what’s coming ahead. Don’t wait until that moment, oh no, ” says Turner. You can also learn about the graduated driver licensing laws such as no passengers under 21 until six months of driving experience unless your a parent or a driving instructor, or both. “Morning commute, evening commute, Patterson in the afternoon, the freeway in the middle of the day. You know, mix the challenges,” said Turner.