National Teen Driver Safety Week aims to teach new drivers

Driving Instructors: Best way to keep new drivers safe is to eliminate distractions

Parents are encouraged to chat with their teens about being safe behind the wheel this week.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14 to 18 year olds in the US. They’re hoping extra attention during National Teen Driver Safety Week can bring those numbers down.

F.C. Stair School of Driving in La Crosse teaches teens to drive throughout the Coulee Region. The instructors say the best way to keep new drivers safe is to eliminate distractions.

“We’ve got to eliminate distractions and I think the more experience you get, the more you can cope with distractions. But I think having other young people in the car and texting are the two biggest problems we’re facing,” said Fred Stair, of F.C. Stair School of Driving.

“When they have friends with them, they tend to get a little more rowdy on the road, but as along as they pay attention to the road rules, they should be okay,” said student Riley Richmond.

Other recommended reminders are wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, and not drinking and driving.