The National Safety Council estimates 418 deaths and 44,700 medically consulted injuries may occur on our nation’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. Obviously a single death or injury on our roadways is unacceptable, and we know our youngest drivers get into more crashes than those who are older and more experienced.
The good news? NSC also estimates 153 lives may be saved this holiday by buckling up! Unfortunately, teens buckle up far less often than drivers of other age groups. According to a recent study from Safe Kids Worldwide and funded by the General Motors Foundation, half of all teens killed in car crashes in 2012 were not wearing seat belts. A greater proportion of teen passengers were unrestrained than drivers, according to NHTSA.
Help teens stay safe on the roads by talking to them about wearing seat belts. Our most crash-prone drivers need all the help they can get when it comes to reducing risk.
For everyone navigating the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period, NSC recommends:
- Refrain from all electronic device use – including hands-free – behind the wheel
- Secure children in size-appropriate restraints
- Do not drink and drive as impairment begins with the first drink – if you drink, designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation
- Plan ahead and drive defensively, especially during bad weather
How do you talk to your teens about buckling up? Do you have tips for other parents to help them talk to their teens about belt use?