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author photo by Jeffrey Archer October 2011

National Teen Driver Safety week is upon us, and nationwide tire retailer Tire Rack is offering several tips to help keep teens safe on the road via their non-profit teen drivers' program, Tire Rack Street Survial. While some of the tips may seem simple, Tire Rack Street Survival reminds us that with more than 3,500 teen driving deaths occurring nationwide each year, it never hurts to reinforce safe driving habits among young drivers.

Enacted by Congress in 2007, National Teen Driver Safety week takes place annually during the third week of October. While Tire Rack Street Survival points out that teen driver safety is a year-round problem, the company uses the dedicated week to help remind young drivers and their parents of some of the basics of driving.

"We're working to make the roads safer for everyone," said Bill Wade, national program manager for Tire Rack Street Survival, a program that promotes safe teen driving. "National Teen Driver Safety Week is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness and educate parents and teens on the importance of learning proper car control, since few realize that driving is one of the most dangerous things they can do."

First among Tire Rack Street Survival's tips is a reminder for drivers to study the basics. Tire Rack Street Survival says teens and all drivers should know how to perform a quick maintenance check, understand where their spare tire is located, have a plan for emergency situations and keep tires inflated to proper levels.

Next, Tire Rack Street Survival urges teens and parents to agree on limits. The tire retailer says parents should set limits on high-risk driving, particularly in high-risk situations like prom night, social outings and in inclement weather. Tire Rack Street Survival also says parents should educate their teenagers to avoid riding with other inexperienced drivers, and limit the number of other teens in the car to prevent distractions.

Tire Rack also suggests parents and teens stick to two other basic rules: one is to form a plan, communicating about where parents should expect their teens to be and how they plan to get there. The other, says Tire Rack, is to ensure teens have a "backup" adult who they can call if they find themselves in a dangerous situation.

"Having teens behind the wheel doesn't have to be a terrifying occurrence for parents," said Matt Edmonds, Tire Rack's vice president of marketing. "If you prepare young drivers with the knowledge and training they need to anticipate and understand how to deal with dangers on the road and their vehicle's capabilities, they'll have a much higher chance of avoiding an accident."

For more information, including upcoming schedules, or to request a Tire Rack Street Survival program in your area, visit www.streetsurvival.org.

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