Why is teen driver safety so important to health care providers (doctors, nurses, etc)
They have seen the impact car crashes have on the lives of their teen patients and families.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death among their teen patients.
- Non-fatal car crashes also have serious consequences (physical and emotional) that can affect teens for the rest of their lives.
They know how important the early driving years are in a teen’s life.
- Part of helping teens to become healthy and responsible adults is to ensure they are safe drivers.
- The part of the brain responsible for decision making does not fully develop until the mid-twenties.
- Teen licensure occurs at a time when many important physiological, hormonal, emotional, social, and cultural changes are occurring in teens’ lives.
- During the early driving years, the challenges, distractions, and temptations of becoming an adult are most intense.
They want to help keep teens safe!
- A health care professional’s goal is to help teens stay healthy teens.