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Support National Teen Driver Safety Week

Start planning now to help implement activities at your school or in your community during National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW). Now in its 8th year, NTDSW is a time designated by Congress annually to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. NTDSW takes place October 19-25, 2014.  This year’s theme is Supporting Older Novice Drivers: Building Awareness of a Steady Trend in Delayed Licensure.  About one-third of all drivers, including more than 60 percent of teens from lower income areas, are not licensed by age 18. By age 21, about 20 percent of all teens and more than 60 percent of youth in lower income areas are still not licensed. At least one in three teens that eventually become licensed do so without the protective benefits of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), beyond basic learner requirements.

Teens delay getting their license for mostly economic reasons rather than to avoid GDL requirements or restrictions. In a nationally representative survey of teens conducted by AAA,  the biggest reasons cited for delaying licensure were related to opportunity, costs, and motivation, with fewer than 1 in 4 teens cited reasons related to special driving restrictions or requirements for younger new drivers in their decision to delay licensure.

  • not having a car (44 percent)
  • ability to get around without driving (39 percent)
  • cost of gas (36 percent)
  • cost overall (36 percent)
  • just didnt' get around to it (35 percent)


If your teen has delayed licensure past the protective benefits of GDL, here’s what you should know:

  • It’s okay to delay licensure until your teen is ready to begin the process of learning to drive and can afford the costs. It’s a very responsible and practical decision.

  • Help your teen create a personal GDL.  In most states if your teen decides to get his license after his 18th birthday, he will need to create a “Personal GDL” because he is a novice driver no matter when he starts. Help your teen base his “Personal GDL” on his behind-the-wheel time and progress in gaining safe driving skills. Help your teen take ownership of the learning-to-drive process to reduce his risk of crashing. Here’s what your teen should know.

  • Support advocacy efforts to extend the minimum age requirements of GDL in your state to protect older novice drivers and others with whom they share the road. Now that you understand the potential risks and challenges with getting licensed without a state mandated GDL, help others be safe novice drivers as well.

    • Advocate for your state to extend the intermediate licensure period to include teens up to age 21. Ideally, the stages of GDL should apply to all novice drivers regardless of age (with room for relaxing some rules for adults).
    • Share your ideas on Facebook at RideLikeAFriend and on Twitter @safetymd #teendriving2014.

 

 

 

 

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Learn more about National Teen Driver Safety and other teen driving topics on the 'RideLikeAFriend' Facebook page.


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Get your friends involved in creating a NTDSW campaign at your school that helps teens and parents set clear expectations for each other to develop safe skilled drivers. For campaign ideas, visit the Ride Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care Facebook page. To help other teens do the right thing as a passenger and a driver, learn about messaging to motivate.

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SPREAD THE WORD!
Get your friends involved in creating a NTDSW campaign at your school that helps teens and parents set clear expectations for each other to develop safe skilled drivers. For campaign ideas, visit the Ride Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care Facebook page. To help other teens do the right thing as a passenger and a driver, learn about messaging to motivate.

Follow Ride Like  
A Friend on:

Facebook Logo - See more at: http://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/get_behind_national_teen_driver_safety_week_ntdsw_/teen#sthash.wBjJjmfS.dpuf

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