Strategies for Young Drivers

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15 to 20 years old.

Young drivers are at risk. Among the leading causes of injury and death in these crashes are speeding, inattention, drinking and driving, and not using safety belts.

Obey the Speed Limit
  • Always obey the posted speed limit. The speed limit is the maximum speed allowed under normal conditions.
  • Slow down in rain, fog, snow and ice, and keep at least twice the normal stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Slow down when approaching curves, intersections, downhill grades, heavy traffic and work zones.
Give Driving Your Full Attention
  • Pull off the road to find a safe place to talk on the cell phone or look for items in the vehicle.
  • Program radio stations or make CD selections before you get on the road.
  • Do not let others ride with you if they will distract you.
  • Never read while you are driving.
  • Do not put on makeup, shave or eat while driving.
Never Drink & Drive
  • Underage drinking is against the law. It is illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase, possess or consume any amount of alcohol in any situation.
  • Don’t ride with a driver who has been drinking.
Safety Belts
In the last 3 years, nearly 600 young people died in traffic crashes in Missouri (tip was originally from May 2006). Of those who had access to a safety belt, 78% were not buckled up. Missouri’s Graduated Driver License Law requires all drivers holding a permit or an intermediate license—and all of their passengers—to wear a safety belt at all times.

This information was provided by Missouri Department Of Transportation.

Please drive safely and obey all traffic laws.