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Every day, thousands of Americans are involved in motor vehicle crashes that result in injury or death. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S. At the CDC Injury Center, we research the best ways to prevent injuries, applying science for real-world solutions to keep people safe, healthy, and productive. We focus on improving car seat & booster seat and seat belt use, reducing impaired driving, and helping groups at risk: child passengers and teen drivers.

Mom, Dad, do you have children under 12? Using age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats can be a lifesaver. | Protect the Ones You Love | CDC Injury Center

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Does your school or organization need free materials to help support safe teen driving in your community? We have what you need! Posters, flyers, postcards, and more! You can even add your own logo to the materials. See our complete catalog. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Does your school or organization need free materials to help support safe teen driving in your community? We have what you need! Posters, flyers, postcards, and more! You can even add your own logo to the materials. See our complete catalog. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Our Media Outreach Guide can give you ideas on how to work with the media to generate news coverage and raise visibility for Teen Driver Safety Week. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Community groups and businesses can help prevent teen driving deaths. Learn how in our free guide. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Planning a safe teen driving event? Our free Event Planning Guide has steps and ideas for a successful event. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Driver inexperience is a leading cause of teen crashes. Most crashes happen during the first year a teen has a license. Parents help prevent crashes by providing at least 30-50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least 6 months; practicing on a variety of roads, at different times of day, and in varied weather and traffic conditions. This will help your teen gain the skills he or she needs to be safer. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Hablamos español! We have free materials in Spanish available. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Planning a safe teen driving event? Get free, customizable materials, including posters, flyers, and more from the CDC Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving campaign. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Did you know that teens have one of the lowest rates of seat belt use? Parents, make sure you talk to your teen about seat belt use and include everyone wearing a seat belt in your Parent-Teen Driving Agreement. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

The simplest way to prevent car crash deaths is to buckle up. Parents, require your teen to wear a seat belt on every trip. This simple step can reduce your teen’s risk of dying or being badly injured in a crash by about half. Learn more on our Seat Belt Safety page. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Your best defense against a drunk driver is to buckle up every trip, no matter how short. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Using seat belts and buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts is the best way to prevent traumatic brain injury, other serious injuries, and death in a crash. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Discuss your rules of the road with your teen. Talk about why they are important to follow, as well as consequences for breaking them. Believe it or not, your children listen to you, particularly when they know you have their best interests at heart. Reinforce your talks by working with your teen to create a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Parents, talk to your teen about drinking and driving before Prom to ensure they arrive home safely. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

As a pediatrician, you talk to your patients and their parents about important milestones and their health implications, like learning to drive. Learn how you can help keep your patients safe behind the wheel and download our free resources for your practice. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Parents, do you know your state's graduated driver licensing laws? | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Young drivers are at a high risk for drowsy driving, which causes thousands of crashes every year. Be sure your teen is fully rested before he or she gets behind the wheel. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16-19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20+ to be in a fatal crash. However, there are proven steps that save lives. Learn more about the Eight Danger Zones and specific actions parents can take to keep their teen safer on the road. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

As a parent, one of the best steps you can take in keeping your teen driver safe is to make and enforce a Parent-Teen Driver Agreement. Create or update yours today, and share to help other parents keep their teen drivers safe. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

It’s Spring Break season. Talk to your teen and review your Parent-Teen Driving Agreement before Spring Break. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

As parents, we worry about a lot of things related to our kids. But the biggest risk to our teens is the car they drive or ride in every day. You can make a difference. Talk to your teen today about how to drive safely and create or update your Parent-Teen Driving Agreement. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Research shows that teens lack the experience, judgment, and maturity to assess risky situations. Parents, remind your teen to maintain enough space behind the vehicle ahead of them to avoid a crash in case of a sudden stop. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Parents, after about 7 beers you are substantially impaired. Set a good example and never drink and drive, and make sure your teen knows that there is zero tolerance for drivers under 21. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center

Parents, after about 5 beers you do not have the coordination to drive. Set a good example and never drink and drive, and make sure your teen knows that there is zero tolerance for drivers under 21. | Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Driving | CDC Injury Center