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October 17, 2016
Teens Supporting Teens: Be a Good Passenger for a Safe Ride
Teen-involved crash fatalities increased 10 percent in 2015, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Another recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety identified distracted driving as the number one cause of teen-driver crashes with teen passengers as the number one distraction. With this in mind. AAA wants every teen to Be A Good Passenger by following these guidelines:

Don’t Distract the Driver

  • Avoid unnecessary conversations.
  • Avoid unnecessary phone use.
  • Don’t pull the drivers attention away from the road.
Assist the Driver for a Safer Ride
  • Silence phone notifications/rings. Answer only when necessary.
  • Adjust AC/Music/GPS as needed.
  • Navigate and stay alert to help the driver avoid danger.
  • If you see unsafe behavior, say something.
“We all know how distracting cell phones can be, but driving with teen passengers is even more dangerous for our younger drivers,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Make sure all the teens in your life know the dangers and how to stay safe.”

AAA also recommends that parents get involved as their teens learn to drive by helping them practice in varying conditions, enrolling them in a driver education program, and setting a good example behind the wheel. Resources to help parents choose a class and coach their teen through the learning to drive process can be found on AAA’s award-winning website



Gene LaDoucer
phone: 701.893.3759
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.

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