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What parents and teens should know about the '5 for Drive'

If you are the parent of a teenaged driver, you probably are worried every time he or she gets behind the wheel. If you feel this way, regardless of whether your child is a newly minted driver or has had their license for a while, you are certainly not alone.

After all, young drivers are more apt to take chances while driving; whether it is speeding up to beat a red light or trying to do too many things while behind the wheel (i.e. texting or changing the radio station). Because of these things, it is no wonder that car accidents are the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-20.

The federal government realizes this, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has introduced some important pointers that parents and their teen drivers should discuss. They are known as the “5 for Drive.” 

They include the following.

No cell phone use while behind the wheel – Distracted driving is still a problem in Wisconsin. As such, young drivers should not contribute to this problem.

No drinking and driving – Drivers under 21 years of age are prohibited from having any measurable level of alcohol in their systems while they are driving.

Wear your seatbelt – The public service announcements are more than just advertisements. A seatbelt can actually save your life.

Obey the speed limit – Excessive speed is a part of many fatal crashes involving young drivers.

Follow the law – Young drivers should also know about and follow the graduated licensing rules regarding young passengers and times where young drivers may be on the road.

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