Safe on the Road

Teen DRiver Education

Safe on the Road

Today there are safer cars on safer roads. Years of advertisements and public information campaigns have made most of us safer drivers. In 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. logged the lowest accident fatality rate ever recorded.  However, the number of auto accidents and fatalities nationwide is still quite staggering.  In 2011, 32,367 people were killed in the estimated 5,338,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes; 2,217,000 people were injured.  Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of three and 34 in our country.

Most car accidents are the result of human error. The best way to reduce the risk of being involved in a collision is to practice safe driving behaviors. For novice or experienced drivers, it's a good idea to review some basic rules of driving safety. 

Driver Education

Teen and Adult Driver Education courses are taught by highly trained instructors who have years of experience. Students learn: how to prevent head-on, rear-end, and intersection collisions as well as preventing pedestrian, train, bicycle, motorcycle, animal, and fixed object accidents. These courses also provide information on passing safely, use of child restraints and safety belts, and explores the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

In 2012, Nebraska, teenage drivers accounted for almost a quarter of all reported crashes and over 10% of all traffic fatalities. These numbers are even more shocking considering teens only represented 6.1% of all licensed drivers. The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety confirms that teens who complete driver education are less likely to be issued a citation or be involved in an accident.

Defensive Driving

Defensive Driving is a driving method utilizing strategies that enable motorists to address identified hazards. These strategies go well beyond instruction on basic traffic laws and procedures. Taking defensive driving classes helps individuals learn driving skills that can reduce car crashes and fatalities. 

Alive at 25

AliveAt25_2010.pngTraffic crashes are the #1 killer of teens

Every year, young drivers are involved in more
than six million collisions, resulting in 14,000 fatalities.

Although young drivers only represent 13% of all licensed drivers, they cause 28% of all traffic crashes and 24% of all fatal crashes. By understanding the risks and hazards a teen driver faces while behind the wheel, teens and their parents can work together to keep them safe.

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