May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

teen driverThis May marks the eighth annual Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, brought to you by the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) and its partners. The primary purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the leading cause of death for young drivers: traffic related collisions.

In the state of Florida, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens 16-19 years of age. Teens make up only 5% of the driving population in Florida but they are involved in about 9 % of the fatal crashes. Going into the summer driving season, it’s even more important than ever to spread the message about the dangers of distracted and dangerous driving to new, young drivers everywhere. Summer vacation is just around the corner, and many new drivers will have more opportunities to take to the road that ever before. Is the teen in your life prepped to drive safely?

The Florida Drug and Alcohol (TLSAE) course from GDL Institute prepares new drivers with the facts about safe driving and destructive decisions that could impact that driving, and also includes strategies and scenarios for how to make safe choices behind the wheel, and with other life choices as well. This is a great first step for young drivers, and is also mandatory for Florida teens before they are able to obtain a learner’s license. To learn more about GDL Institute and sign up for the online TLSAE course, visit our website.

This month, take the opportunity to reflect on your driving choices and habits, as you get behind the wheel. Driving choices can increase or decrease the probability of a collision. Even “good” drivers make decisions that put themselves in potentially dangerous situations. By making good decisions you become a better driver and you create habits that lead to safer driving for you, your passengers, and everyone on the road with you.

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