National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 18-24, 2020

This week – and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. These conversations should address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

Facts about Teen Driver Fatalities

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
  • In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, of which 755 deaths were the teen driver – a 3% decrease from 2016.
  • Parents can be the biggest influencers on teens’ choices behind the wheel if they take the time to talk with their teens about some of the biggest driving risks.
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Safe Driving Starts with Me(me)

The rules are simple and the outcome could be life saving!

Simply tweet us (@FLTeenSafeDrive) your best safe driving meme(s) by October 22nd. We’ll review your submissions and announce 3 winners on October 23rd. Contest is open to all high school aged students in Florida. There is no limit to how many entries you can submit.

Safe driving topics can be: Seatbelt Usage, Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving (Drugged and/or Drinking), Drowsy Driving, Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), Speeding, Aggressive Driving, or simply communicating a message of overall safe driving!

Be sure to use the following hashtags: #FLTeenSafeDriver #TDSW2020 – and please use #FLVSTDC if you are also enrolled in Driver Education Class at Florida Virtual Schools.

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All entries must be submitted via Twitter by October 22nd to be considered! 

*This contest is made possible through a donation from the Always Wear Your Seatbelt Foundation. Please buckle up in memory of Laura & Eddie. *

Examples of Safe Driving Memes:

Download our Safe Driving Social Media Kit

We’ve assembled 6 social media graphics and some supporting content for you to post during Teen Driver Safety Week. Use the button below to download the Safe Driving Social Media Kit… Be sure to use the hashtag #FLTeenSafeDriver and #TDSW2020

An Essential Guide for Newer Drivers

Young drivers need a lot of time and practice to develop safe, defensive driving skills as well as confidence behind the wheel. This safety training program from State Farm is designed to help newer drivers learn and practice safe driving habits.

Module 1: Getting Ready to Drive

State Farm is here to help you hit the road quickly. But first, let’s go over a few car basics.

Lesson 1: Car Basics
Video 1: Car Parts and Safety Features
Video 2: Car Maintenance
Lesson 2: Making Adjustments
Video 1: Adjusting the Driver’s Seat
Video 2: Adjusting the Steering Wheel
Video 3: Adjusting the Mirrors
Video 4: Adjusting the Seat Belts

Module 2: Focus and Distraction

Learn about the most common distractions and how to prevent them.

Lesson 1: Managing Distractions
Video 1: What is distracted driving?
Lesson 2: Impaired Driving
Video 1: Don’t Drink and Drive
Video 2: Drowsy Driving
Lesson 3: Scanning for Hazards
Video 1: Watch for Hazards
Video 2: Proper Scanning

Module 3: Residential and City Roads

While you can’t control others’ actions, you can manage your own reactions.

Lesson 1: Sharing the Road
Video 1: Communicating with Other Drivers
Video 2: Anticipate the Behavior of Other Drivers
Lesson 2: Starting, Stopping and Backing Up
Video 1: Starts and Stops
Lesson 3: Entering and Exiting Parking Lots
Video 1: Entering and Exiting Parking Lots
Lesson 4: Navigating Intersections
Video 1: Residential Intersections
Video 2: Busy Intersections

Module 4: Highway Driving

Merging onto a busy interstate is one of the more stressful lessons we learn.

Lesson 1: Entering and Exiting Highways
Video 1: Successful Highway Merging
Lesson 2: Managing Speed and Distance
Video 1: Speed Management
Video 2: Create a Space Cushion on All Four Sides
Lesson 3: Maintaining Lane Position
Video 1: Maintaining Lane Position
Lesson 4: Changing Lanes and Managing Blind Spots
Video 1: Changing Lanes
Video 2: Blind Spots

Module 5: Special Driving Situations

Let’s take a look at some special circumstances and safer ways to drive in them.

Lesson 1: Driving at Night
Video 1: Driving at Night
Lesson 2: Driving in Bad Weather
Video 1: Driving in Bad Weather
Lesson 3: Driving in Rural Areas
Video 1: Driving in Rural Areas
Lesson 4: Handling Emergencies
Video 1: Emergency Vehicles and Car Trouble
Video 2: Handling Emergencies

Modules Complete: Next Steps

1. Log each of your trips in the Trip Log

2. Complete the Post-Assessment (optional)

3. Sign the Statement of Qualification

4. Turn in the Trip Log and Statement of Qualification to your agent

Download the SADD Teen Driver Safety Week Mobilization Kit

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Florida SADD is dedicated to educating students, parents, and others in the community concerning the problems of distracted driving, underage drinking, impaired driving, seatbelt usage, driver training, speeding, and red light running. FL SADD emphasizes traffic safety because traffic crashes are the # 1 cause of death for teenagers in America.

 

Get ready to MOBILIZE your community during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18-24! 🚘 SADD National has designed a free guide to help amplify your teen traffic safety efforts in your schools & communities. Download the free guide below!

AAA Teen Driver Resource Center

Find specific teen driver information you need quickly. Or learn in more detail.

Dreaming about driving? Are you taking driver ed now? Or maybe you already have your license? Learning to drive is an exciting process for you and your parents, and AAA has tools and information to help. Check out the links below to get a “quick start” finding some of the top things you’ll want as you prepare to become a safe, successful driver.

Experience the Ford Driving Skills for Life Academy

Learn how to be a safer driver from the comfort of your own home! The Ford Driving Skills for Life Academy is designed to provide you additional training that will help keep you safe on the road.

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