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Keeping your teen driver safe

Submitted by Anonymous on Sep 16th, 2009

While we don’t necessarily think of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a resource for safety as much as we do health related issues, they do cover safety as well. The CDC has a lot of information on home and recreational safety. Their area on teen driving has a fact sheet, information on graduated driving and ways to protect your loved one from traffic injuries.They also have research on car surfing, novice teen driving and reducing motor vehicle crashes among young drivers.
You can contact the CDC at anytime through traditional methods:

  • 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
  • TTY: (888) 232-6348

But, you can also email the CDC directly about any safety concerns you have. Just in case you don’t know why the CDC thinks teen driving is such a safety issue, look at these statistics according to the Texas Transportation Institute of The Texas A&M University:

  • 16-year olds are about 10 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash
  • 66% of teen crashes happen between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Average teen driving at 11 p.m. is impacted by fatigue the same as if they were drunk
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America

Play it safe and read through these safety tips on keeping your teen safe.