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Teen Driving Safety: Back to School!

It’s that time of year again! I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed is filled with beautiful pictures of all the kiddos heading back to school. As is our norm here at RightTurn, we like to talk back to school safety.

This year, however, we are going to focus on teen driving safety. Why? Because according to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. And some first time drivers may be are driving to and from school for, well, the first time.

Let’s review some basics. Parents, these can be talking points for you and your teen.

Pay attention.
No texting and driving, chill on the conversations, and absolutely no Pokémoning! Watch out, too, for students who are walking or riding their bikes. There’s a lot of traffic in and around schools.

Know your route.
Know where you’re going. For many of us, the way to school involved a lot of little side streets, which means stop signs. Make sure you stop!

Review bus safety rules.
Remember to stop when a school but is loading or unloading children. I know following a school bus can be frustratingly slow, but the slower we all go, the safer we all are.

Wear your seat belts!
This is just common sense, people.

Don’t drink and drive!
Now, hopefully this doesn’t apply to going to school, but it might apply to driving around afterwards.

Any additional thoughts? Tell us in the comments below!