AAA wants parents to help their teen drivers be safe on the roads

In this image from video, Jake Nelson, AAA’s director for traffic safety advocacy and research drives one of the test vehicles used in the study in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Infotainment technology automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, a study being released by AAA on Oct. 5 says. (AP Photo/Bill Gorman)


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — October 15-21 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. AAA is encouraging parents to know 6 basic rules to keep your teen safe on the roads:

  • Buckle up every trip and every time
  • Never drink and drive
  • Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel
  • Follow the speed limit
  • Limit the amount of passengers in the car
  • Avoid driving tired

“It’s really important for parents to start the conversation with their kids because they have the most influence on their kids, at least at this point in time,” Seaman High School student, Abbie Barth said. “So, it’s really good for them to begin those habits of always putting on your seat belt and driving safely.”

AAA said parents can help protect their teen drivers by creating a parent-teen agreement. Surveys show that teens whose parents set firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes. has a variety of tools to help prepare parents and teens on the process of learning to drive. The online AAA StartSmart program also offers great resources for parents on how to become effective in-car coaches as well as advice on how to manage their teen’s overall driving privileges. Teens preparing for the responsibility of driving should enroll in a driver education program that teaches how to avoid driver distraction and other safety skills.

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