Tips Offered during National Teen Driver Safety Week
By Scott Gilbert, Penn State
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 number one 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.