Teen Driving Safety
SAVE has been working with teens to learn wise decision making skills in regards to Teen Driver Safety. May is an important month to focus on driving safety with all the events surrounding the end of the school year such as graduation and prom.
The obstacles faced by today’s students are daunting. More than previous generations, today’s youth are faced with choices that have true life and death ramifications. Car crashes take a tremendous toll on the emotional and physical health and well-being of our nation’s young people, parents, school officials, and law enforcement. One of the most valuable resources that schools and communities often overlook when addressing school and community youth safety is student involvement. By encouraging youth-led solutions, we can empower students to play a key role in fostering safe and smart decisions that will protect the health and lives of our nation’s youth. The good news is, as the growing number of students involved in SAVE attests, students are willing to step up to the plate and actively participate in solving this complex problem.
Teen Safe Driving Resources:
- Teen Safe Driving Brochure
- Parents Are The Key: A CDC Campaign
- Policy Impact: Safe Teen Driving
- Teen Drivers: More CDC Resources
- Wreckless/Reckless Poster
- Four Times More Likely Poster
- National Youth Traffic Safety Month Planning Guide
Service Project Activities
- Sponsor a parent “Did You Know?” night. Goal is to share relevant current information on teen driving issues. Involve administrators, counselors, SROs and local community medical members.
- With summer around the corner, develop and implement a “Safe Summer Driving” Campaign.
- Brainstorm activities that you can do to bring awareness to your assigned issue.
- Sponsor a poster contest on safe driving practices.
- Create and submit to your school newspaper articles sharing information on teen driving safety.
- Create a slogan, poem, jingle, or song regarding your assigned issue.
- Create awareness using Posters, PSAs, Cell phone charms, dashboard stickers, blog, text blast, instagram, twitter,& Facebook
- Host a school assembly – invite speakers, create skits
- Stage a mock crash and the aftermath; involve local law enforcement and health officials
- Write letters to the editor of your local or school newspaper, or by calling a local TV station to let them know about the activities you have planned.
- Create Safe Driving T- shirts in your school colors
- Draft an Activism Plan for your chapter.
- Talk to your school’s prom committee about setting up a memorial to remember teens lost in car crashes and to symbolize the importance of driving smart.
- Think of some messages you and your friends can write on your graduation caps to really make a statement as you walk across the stage to grab your diploma.
- Teen Driving Safety by Brian Gonya, Ripon College