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October 16, 2016
AAA ENCOURAGES EVERY TEEN TO BE A GOOD PASSENGER

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 16th – 22nd
 

BURNSVILLE, MN (October 16, 2016) – Teen involved crash fatalities increased 10% in 2015 according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Since distracted driving is the number one cause of teen driver crashes and teen passengers are the number one distraction for teen drivers, AAA wants every teen to Be A Good Passenger by following these guidelines:
 
Don’t Distract the Driver

  • Avoid unnecessary conversations.
  • Avoid unnecessary phone use.
  • Don’t pull the drivers attention away from the road.
 
Assist the Driver for a Safer Ride

  • Silence phone notifications/rings. Answer only when necessary.
  • Adjust AC/Music/GPS as needed.
  • Navigate and stay alert to help the driver avoid danger.
  • If you see unsafe behavior, say something.
 
“We all know how distracting cell phones can be, but driving with teen passengers is even more dangerous for our younger drivers,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Make sure all the teen drivers in your life know the dangers and how to stay safe.”
 
AAA also recommends that parents get involved as their teens learn to drive by helping them practice in varying conditions, enrolling them in a driver education program, and setting a good example behind the wheel. Resources to help parents choose a class and coach their teen through the learning-to drive process can be found on AAA’s award-winning website TeenDriving.AAA.com.
 
About the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Established by AAA in 1947, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, publicly-supported charitable research and educational organization. Dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on our roads, the Foundation’s mission is to prevent crashes and save lives through research and education about traffic safety. The Foundation has funded over 300 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them and minimize injuries when they do occur.  Visit www.AAAFoundation.org for more information on this and other research.
 
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Contact(s):

Gail Weinholzer
phone: 952.707.4985
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.


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