Studies show that the leading cause of death for teen drivers between the ages of 15-19 is motor vehicle crashes. In 2014, there were 2,679 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes and approximately 123,000 teens were injured in crashes in the U.S.
In an effort to raise awareness about five very real driving dangers, KDOT is participating in National Teen Driver Safety Week and would like to remind teen drivers of a few things:
Your car is not a phone booth: You aren’t superman, but you can be a hero if you don’t use your cellphone while driving.
Your car is not a clown car: There are a lot of crazy clowns running around. Too many passengers in your car can lead to distracted driving.
Your car is not a race car: Race cars belong on the race track, not on city streets. Driving at safe speeds can reduce car crashes.
Your car is not a bar: Don't drink and drive. Alcohol leads to impaired driving and even death.
Your car is not invincible. Car crashes happen, and wearing your seat belt is one of the safest ways you can survive should you find yourself in a crash.
If teens as well as all drivers follow these reminders, traffic fatalities and car crashes would be greatly reduced.