Tips offered during National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 17, 2012

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and the Pediatric Trauma/Injury Prevention programs are reminding young drivers to “Drive to Stay Alive." Trauma is the No. 1 cause of injury or death for teenagers. Young drivers are encouraged to follow these tips that could save a life and demonstrate maturity:

1. Wear a seat belt and remind passengers to buckle up during every ride.

2. When driving, “park” cell phones with a passenger or in the glove box.

3. Practice driving on a variety of roads and traffic patterns, at different times of day and in different weather conditions.

4. Scan for road hazards and follow traffic signs. Watch the speed and keep a safe distance between moving vehicles.

5. Call a friend or parent for a ride when feeling tired or upset.

6. Recognize and avoid distractions inside of the vehicle like carrying too many passengers; adjusting the radio, music player or GPS system; and eating.

This week is designated as National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the Pediatric Trauma/Injury Prevention programs at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital offer a four-hour class for those 16 to 19 years old. The class provides a closer look at what may happen after a crash, offering ways to avoid being in an accident.

For more information, or to register your teenager for the Penn State Teen Driver Education Class, call 717-531-3885.

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Last Updated October 18, 2012