October 16th-22nd is National Teen Driver Safety Week

By Kathryn Gritzmacher

Teens Behind the Wheel

October 16th-22nd is National Teen Driver Safety Week

September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 12:34 PM CDT

National Teen Driver Safety Week is an opportunity for parents to take practical steps to reduce teen driver crashes, the leading cause of teen deaths. Every year, drivers under the age of 25 are involved in six million crashes that result in 14,000 deaths nationwide. NTDSW was established by Congress in 2007 to raise national awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior.

Keeping in line with the national program, The Minnesota Safety Council directs parents to its Teens Behind the Wheel program, which goes beyond basic driver’s education for 15-17 year olds by helping them develop techniques and strategies to help their teens be safer drivers.

In addition, AAA offers advice on how to help reduce the number of teen crashes in this article: Ten Things Parents Can Do To Keep Their Teen Driver Safe