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Seattle residents benefit from NHTSA campaign "5 to Drive"

The "5 to Drive" campaign is designed to be a tool encouraging parents to discuss topics centered around five driving practices with their teen drivers,
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    December 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Federal lawmakers and organizations continue to try solving an impeding problem that is currently sweeping the nation. The number of teen fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents is extremely high nation-wide. In fact, they are the number one cause of death of teens in the United States. Nearly half of all teens who are killed in car accidents are driving the vehicles, while others are passengers of vehicles operated by teen drivers. The problem overflows into Seattle, and parents worry about their teens being safe on the road.

Whether they are listening to the latest release on the radio, talking with their friends, reading their emails on their smartphones or answering a text, it is extremely easy for teens to become distracted while driving and lose control of the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking action by revealing its new "5 to Drive" campaign. This campaign is designed to be an interactive tool encouraging parents to discuss topics centered around five essential driving practices with their teen drivers, hoping to decrease the number of teen driving fatalities in the process.

Essential topics of discussion

Campaign organizers have listed the top five causes of teen driving accidents as topics for parents to discuss with their teens. They include the following:

- Not texting or talking on the phone while driving.

In many states it is illegal to text or use a cell phone while driving. Washington's state laws restrict drivers from talking on their cell phones without a hands free device. Help your teen to understand the impact and repercussions of using a cell phone while driving.

- Avoid driving with passengers.

Research shows that teens are twice as likely to be involved in an accident when they are accompanied by another teenage passenger, and three times more likely with multiple teenager passengers. Place restrictions on your teen driving with multiple passengers in the car.

- No alcohol beverage prior to driving.

Set boundaries on drinking and driving. Let your teenager know that there are other options, such as calling a taxi or a family member, rather than getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

- No speeding.

Educate your teen on the importance of obeying the posted speed limit.

- No riding or driving without a seat belt.

Seat belts save lives. Make sure that your teen never gets into a car without buckling up.

By opening the lines of communication with your teen, you can help to clear up any misinformation or questions they may have regarding these topics.

Practice makes perfect

NHTSA is also urging parents to take the time necessary to properly teach their teens how to drive. Although you may have your child enrolled in a driver's education program, it is important to spend time with them to make sure they are learning everything they need to know. Some suggestions on how you can be a part of your child's driving experience include the following:
- Teach your teenager how to change their speed for various situations they might encounter.
- Take your teenager out for practice driving sessions.
- Keep a log of the hours you drive together, and in what conditions.
- Be sure to practice driving in bad weather conditions, at night and during heavy traffic situations.

Studies show that teens who receive instruction from their parents are fifty percent less likely to be a serious vehicle accident.

NHTSA hopes that by interacting with teens on a regular basis, America will begin to see a decrease in the number of teenage fatalities due to car accidents.

Find a partner

If your teenager has been involved in an automobile accident, it is crucial to call a lawyer that can help organize and assemble your case. Make sure that you receive the representation and compensation you deserve by calling a reputable car accident lawyer.

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