NJM Safety Center - Teen Driving

Safety Tips for Teens 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Here are several tips how you can keep yourself safe.

  • Always wear your seat belt. Not only is it your best source of protection, it also helps keep you secure in the seat, greatly increasing your ability to maintain control of the vehicle.
  • Limit the number of passengers in your vehicle to no more than ONE person. Fewer people in your car means fewer opportunities for distractions.
  • Obey the rules of the road. Keep up-to-date on your state's current laws and GDL restrictions.
  • Do not use your phone while driving. Fact: You are 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving.
  • Be a courteous driver. Remember that you are sharing the road with a variety of vehicles such as commercial trucks, emergency vehicles and motorcycles.
  • Do not drink and drive, and don't ride with a driver who has been drinking.
  • Avoid other distractions, like eating, changing songs on the radio and applying makeup. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second can greatly increase your chances for an accident.