Nothing kills more 15- to 20-year-olds than traffic accidents. And 80 percent of crashes involve some form of distracted driving – talking on a cell phone, or texting. Eating or paying attention to the back seat instead of the road.
Many of those crashes could be prevented, which is why our firm launched a community outreach program that focuses on educating teen drivers and their parents.
Teens and their parents can log on to www.semocruisecontrol.com to request a free safe driving kit, and to download and sign the Cruise Control Safe Driving Pledge. Other resources are also available, including downloadable tips on helping teens become better drivers.
5 Reasons Teens Are Likely to Crash
1.) Driver inexperience
2.) Distracted driving
4.) Using illegal substances
5.) Taking unnecessary risks
Those are all areas that parents can influence by setting a good example, talking to their teen, and reinforcing safe driving rules. Getting this message out to the community is a critical cause that we’re proud to support.
It’s estimated that a Missouri teen is killed or injured in a car accident about every 43 minutes. That’s not a statistic anyone should be OK with, especially since so many of those accidents are preventable. And in many cases, parents are the key to that prevention.
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