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Teen Driving Awareness Month

January is Teen Driving Awareness Month presented in the SIRS Discoverer Spotlight of the Month. Safe driving is an important topic to discuss with beginning drivers as well as kids still too young to drive. Although studies show that more and more teenagers are waiting longer to get their driver’s licenses, thousands of teenagers still receive their driver’s licenses each year. Unfortunately, automobile accidents are the leading cause of deaths of people 15 to 20 years of age according to most recent data (2009) from the National Center for Health Statistics. Almost 300,000 teenagers are treated for car-accident injuries each year, and about 2,500 are killed.

Teen Driving Awareness

Those are pretty significant reasons for talking about driving safety with teenagers. In addition to inexperience, several issues face young drivers. The rise of technology has brought many distractions to driving. Using a smartphone for texting, browsing social media, or taking photos can take a young driver’s attention away from the road. Talking to passengers, searching for music, and poor weather conditions can also cause major trouble on the road.

Introduce the topic of teen driving with your students…and help keep them safe on the road. You can do so by directing them to SIRS Discoverer to find editor-selected articles and photos. Also, explore the Pro/Con Leading Issue: Teens and Driving for in-depth coverage.

Teen Driving Awareness Month

Safety while driving may not be a fun topic to discuss with beginning drivers, but it’s certainly an important one. Each year in the United States, close to 100,000 teenagers get their driver’s licenses. More sobering statistics: Almost 300,000 teenagers are treated for car-accident injuries each year, and about 2,500 die. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths in the nation.

Those are pretty significant reasons for talking about driving safety with teenagers.

"Student Driver Enters Work Zone" by Transportation Department (DOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

“Student Driver Enters Work Zone” by Transportation Department (DOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher [Public Domain]

Teen driving is such a worthy topic of discussion that a whole month has been devoted to it–January is Teen Driving Awareness Month. Take advantage of the information and resources provided by safety organizations, insurance companies, and government documents.

This may surprise you, but SKS is also a great resource for Teen Driving Awareness Month. Teens and Driving is a Leading Issue on the product, which means that this topic is explored in detail–starting with an overview of the facts and a look at the question “Should the minimum driving age be raised?” In addition, SKS provides up-to-date articles that discuss driving distractions, automobile safety, driving statistics, and safety organizations. Images, including editorial cartoons, photographs and graphs, supplement the textual information.

This month, SKS goes even further in highlighting Teen Driving Awareness Month with its Spotlight of the Month. Direct your students here first to find editor-selected articles and photos, and even a staff-written quiz. Broach the topic of teen driving with your students…and help keep them safe.