NH DHHS - National Teen Driver Safety Week Recognized

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) recognizes National Teen

Driver Safety Week October 16–22. This year’s theme is supporting parents

in teaching their teens to drive. The number one cause of death for teens,

both nationally and in New Hampshire, is motor vehicle crashes.

According to new research from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

(CHOP), 87 percent of teens in the U.S. report having a parent involved in

learning to drive. In fact, 4 in 10 teens report ONLY being taught by a

parent. Other recent CHOP research suggests that although parents can

identify the basic concepts teen drivers need to learn (such as “parking

the car”) they tend not to mention the more advanced skills proven to cause

teen crashes, such as scanning for hazards. Parents are pivotal to the

learning-to-drive process for teens, but they may not always have the tools

and knowledge they need to be effective.

“Learning to drive is a rite of passage for teenagers,” said Dr. José

Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “but we want to make sure they

are well equipped to be safe and responsible drivers. Supportive parents or

guardians and driver education, whenever possible, provide the fundamental

basis young people in New Hampshire need.

In New Hampshire, driver education instruction is required for all people

under the age of 18, and certain non-US citizens temporarily residing in

the State. Over 10,000 students participate in driver education every year

through their high school or a commercial driving school.

Go to http://www.teendriversource.org for more information. To learn about motor

vehicle safety and teens visit

http://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/index.html   To read a national

research report on teen driver safety entitled Miles to Go: Establishing

Benchmarks for Teen Driver Safety visit


.To learn more about the rules for teen driving in New Hampshire, visit

the Division of Motor Vehicles website at www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv