This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a week dedicated to encouraging teen drivers to make safe choices behind the wheel. “Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 18-year-olds, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Association,” so the issue clearly needs to be addressed. Additionally, there were over 2000 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2020. For these reasons, there are many campaigns created to encourage teens to make smart decisions.
For example, S.A.D.D., Students Against Destructive Decisions, is an organization in the United States ensuring that teenagers learn safe driving skills from their own peers, rather than from adults who they may be less inclined to listen to. For instance, “52% of teen passenger vehicle drivers who died in 2020 were unbuckled.” By educating teenagers on these startling statistics, they can realize the dangers presented while driving.
Potential dangers consist of distracted driving, passengers in the car, speeding, seat belts, drowsy driving, and drunk driving and drugs. While many of these potential threats can be mitigated only by parental influence, setting ground rules, and hoping for the best, Otorize offers a solution to prevent impaired driving.
Teenagers face high risks while driving, but this is one risk that is avoidable. New drivers and adults alike can download the Otorize app and take a 5-second impairment test before driving. If they fail, they should hold off on driving and find another way home. The Otorize app lets parents worry about one less thing for their new drivers and offers peace of mind that their teenagers are not impaired. It is important to call attention to teen driving and safety. This week is a great opportunity to educate teen drivers and implement new solutions.