GEICO urges teens to exercise caution behind the wheel as National Teen Driver Safety Week approaches

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014 – With National Teen Driver Safety Week approaching (Oct. 19 to 25), GEICO wants new drivers to be particularly vigilant about four major causes of teen crashes and fatalities: 1) excessive speed, 2) distracted driving, 3) disregard for safety belts, and 4) lack of sleep.

Excessive Speed

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that speed contributed to more than a third of deadly teen car crashes in 2012. Young drivers should exercise extreme caution and not become overconfident with their ability to control a vehicle. Sticking to the speed limit, and following the two second rule, where a driver leaves two seconds of space between the cars ahead, are the best ways to stay safe.

Distracted Driving

Driving distracted proves to be especially dangerous for newer drivers because those between the ages of 16-24 are most likely to use a cell phone behind the wheel. Individuals who take their eyes off the road for one second traveling at 60 mph miss 88 feet worth of activity. Multi-tasking is a myth. The human brain can only fully process one activity at a time.

Failing to Wear a Safety Belt

Despite being one of the simplest ways to save a life, seatbelt use among teen drivers remains the lowest out of any age group. As soon as teens get behind the wheel, they should make it a habit to put on a seatbelt first. Also, new drivers should insist their passengers all buckle up.

Drowsy Driving

Sleep deprivation leads to clouded thinking while driving and slows reflexes—a dangerous combination for a new driver with little time behind the wheel. Teens should begin winding down physical and online activities early in the evening so they sleep better.

GEICO offers free downloadable material and free brochures on these subjects at, GEICO's comprehensive resource center for new drivers and their parents.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

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