Parents: YOU are the key to your young driver’s safety.
As parents we do whatever it takes to protect our children from harm; however, many of us do not recognize the dangers our teens are exposed to when it comes to driving.
The #1 threat to our teen’s safety is driving or being a passenger in a car with a teen at the wheel.
Nearly 3,000 teens are killed every year due to car crashes with immaturity and inexperience as leading contributors.
Parents are the key. Our involvement can dramatically reduce our teens crash risk.
- 66 percent of teens say they care about their parents’ opinion on cell phone use while driving.
- 56 percent of teens rely on their parents to learn how to drive.
- Nearly half of teens report seeing passengers encouraging drivers to speed at least sometimes.
- Half of teen drivers report driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit at least sometimes.
DISTRACTION | CELL PHONE USE
- 90 percent of teens see passenger behavior that distracts the driver.
- Nine out of 10 teens reported it was common to see teens driving while talking on a cell phone.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death among teens in the U.S.
- The fatality rate for drivers age 16 to 19 is four times that of drivers age 25 to 69 years.
- The crash fatality rate (crash fatalities/100,000 population) is highest for 16- to 17-year-olds within the first six months after getting their license — and remains high through age 24.
- The top three predictors for fatality are non-use of seat belts, teen drivers and roads with speed limits of 45 mph or higher.
- Approximately two-thirds of teen passenger deaths (ages 13 to 19) occur when other teenagers are driving.
- In their first year on the road, teens are almost 10 times more likely to be in a crash.
- 20 percent of 11th graders report being in a crash as a driver in the past year.
- 25 percent of 9th graders report being in a crash as a passenger in their lifetimes.
- Crash risk increases incrementally with each mile per hour over the speed limit.
- Current data on crashes involving 16-year-old drivers shows that having multiple teenage passengers in the vehicle is twice as likely
to cause a fatal crash as alcohol-impaired driving.
- Crashes are more common among young drivers than any other age group. In the United States, 1 in 4 crash fatalities involve someone 16 to 24 years old, nearly twice as high as other age groups.
SEAT BELT USE
- Teens have the lowest seat belt use rates of any age group, leading to deadly consequences.
- Only 65 percent of teens consistently wear their seat belts as both a driver and passenger.
- Six out of 10 drivers ages 16 to 20 who were killed in crashes were unrestrained.
- Almost two out of three teens killed as occupants of motor vehicles are unrestrained.
- Teens are actually less likely than adults to get behind the wheel after drinking, but when they do, their risk of crashing is far greater.
- 53 percent of teens saw substance use behind the wheel at least sometimes.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SHARE THE KEYS…
The SHARE THE KEYS program could very well be the most IMPORTANT assembly program attended by high school students and their parents.
As a law enforcement officer instructing the Share the Keys program, I see considerable value in reaching young drivers, and their parents, as the new driver is at the highest risk for becoming involved in a crash in the first two years of their driving experience. The resources and supportive data provided during the 90 minute presentation, give the audience the tools they need to successfully adopt safe driving behaviors.
From a teacher's perspective...Research is telling us STK is a proven winner for parents (involvement lessens crashes). STK is also an effective GDL teaching tool for new driver education teachers and law enforcement. Parents depend on driver education teachers to be a resource for the GDL. STK provides clarity for safe teen driving behaviors.
The statistics for teen crashes in New Jersey are staggering. Share the Keys bridges the gap by imparting the serious nature of responsible driving to teens while reminding parents that driving education doesn’t stop once you hand them the keys.
In my opinion the 'Share the Keys' program will save lives of teen drivers by educating not only teen drivers themselves, but just as importantly the parents and guardians who have the greatest impact on enforcing safe driving on a daily basis. The program emphasizes parents and guardians setting good examples for their children as well as encouraging them to have open dialogue and taking responsibility for their teenagers when they hand them a set of keys.
Share the Keys plays an important part in educating new drivers and their parents on how to be a safe driver. It focuses on, developing proper driving practices and close parental involvement. After all, there is nothing more important than keeping our teens alive.
Share the Keys finds that perfect balance between teaching teens safe driving habits while reminding parents driving education doesn’t stop once you hand them the keys. The continued responsibility of educating teen drivers still rests with involved parents.
"Share the Keys" is one of the most comprehensive training program for parents that are about to have a new teen driver.
The Share the Keys program has been incredibly successful as well as helpful to all who have attended. The feedback from the parents as well as the new drivers has been extremely positive. EVERY new driver should attend.