Ford Driving Skills for Life gives teens on the road training

Law enforcement, safety groups remind teens to stay safe behind the wheel

"We hope parents will start the conversation about safe driving during National Teen Driver Safety Week - but then continue the conversations - every day throughout the year - to help keep their teens safe behind the wheel", added Buskohl.

Crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Speeding is a factor in almost 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, according to AAA.

The program increases the amount of time teens are required to spend in gaining experience behind the wheel under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

To bring awareness of teen driver safety among teens and parents, top tire manufacturer Michelin has teamed up with football legend -; father of a teen driver -; Emmitt Smith in an educational campaign, "Coaching Your Teen Driver". "It will take a holistic approach that combines education, experiential learning, and enforcement to change the driving culture to one that is distraction-free". The challenge coincides with the beginning of National Teen Driver Safety week, and all schools entered in the challenge must complete their campaigns by November 15.

Last year, 18 teen drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey.

The 2006 National Young Driver Survey was a research collaboration between State Farm® and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Keeping a cool head on the road starts with a strategy and a plan - that's where Michelin's resources for coaching your teen driver can help", said Emmitt Smith.

The Goleta PD is aware of the importance of role models in a youth's development. Yet too many teens are not buckling up, and neither are their passengers.

Experts attribute teens' heightened risk of involvement in a crash to their overconfidence, inexperience, and an increased likelihood to speed, make mistakes, and get distracted - especially if their friends are in the vehicle.

AAA said 75-percent of nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight. Speeding is a critical issue for all drivers, especially for teens. The CHP has released a mobile application (app) for Start Smart, created to assist young people through the process of obtaining their California driver license.

Avoid distractions. Distraction was a key factor in 58 percent of crashes involving drivers ages 16 to 19, according to an analysis of video footage of 1,691 moderate-to-severe crashes 6 seconds before they occurred. In 2015, nearly one-third (29 percent) of teen passenger vehicle drivers involved in a fatal crash were speeding at the time of the crash. Make sure they're following the rules all the time and you do that by opening up a dialogue and having a good conversation with them.

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