FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) - Every day, thousands of teens hit the road as they head to school or work and parents WFFT Local News spoke with on Monday are worried about the same thing when it comes to their safety.
Dorothy James, who has a grandchild who just got their licenses said she worries about them "not paying attention to the other drivers out there. Being more concentrated on looking ahead and not to the sides and stuff."
Marla Lundblad repeated the same worry, saying "It was definitely the other driver. Making sure when he would stop at lights, he would look both ways."
National Teen Driver Safety Week is aiming to make sure kids practice safe driving habits and state police say the most important tip is for the parents.
"The one thing we really try to stress to parents is demonstrate good driving behaviors and good practices yourself. The one thing I like to ask kids or tell kids is they'll emulate their parents driving behavior," said Sgt. Ron Galaviz of the Indiana State Police.
Other tips on keeping young drivers safe include
- Don't use a cell phone while driving
- Limit passengers in your car to your parents
- Always follow the speed limit
- Don't drive while under the influence of a substance
- Always wear your seat belt
Lundblad knows the benefits of her teens practicing safe driving habits saying "Our youngest son was in a car accident, well, he swerved to miss a deer and he rolled his vehicle, but luckily he had his seat belt on. The state cop said he was fortunate because a lot of them still don't wear their seat belts and at least he walked away from it."
So, whether you're in the car or not, stressing the importance of safe driving may help keep your teen from becoming a statistic.