Teen driver safety a focus this week

Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 6:12 PM EDT
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Parents are being encouraged to talk to their teens about staying safe behind the wheel during Teen Driving Safety Week this week.

Nationwide, the most recent statistics show nearly 293,000 teens were treated at emergency rooms from being hurt in a car crash.

Part of the problem is that teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate potentially dangerous situations or not be able to recognize something that could be dangerous on the road.

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth says other problems include things like teens speeding or simply not wearing their seatbelt.

"A lot of kids think, maybe not that they're indestructible, but this is never going to happen to me. If they find themselves in a situation if they're in a skid or something like that, they just don't have enough drive time to find a way to get themselves out of it," said Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth.

Sheriff Wriggelsworth suggests that parents practice with their kids in inclement weather so that when the snow falls, they have a bit more experience.

The most deadly time for teens to be on the road is after school.

Most crashes with teens happen between 3 p.m. and midnight.

Most of those happen on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.