GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 15 through Oct. 21. Parents of teen drivers need to know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Between January and June of this year, 17 Colorado teens died from car crashes.

Michelle Anderson, Director of Operations for the National Road Safety Foundation, told WesternSlopeNow that parents should discuss driving best practices with their teens to mitigate crashes.

Leading issues in teen car crashes:

  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving

Paul Turner, Owner of First Skills Driving and Riding School, said small things matter when driving. Checking your mirrors, looking both ways and taking your time can prevent car crashes. So, strict rules and a good example your teen can follow may save their life.