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Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Supports National Teen Driver Safety Week

10/17/2014

“5 to Drive” Campaign Encourages Safety Conversations

To commemorate National Teen Driver Safety Week October 19 through 25, Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell is supporting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  with the “5 to Drive” campaign.  This year’s campaign encourages the parents of teen drivers to continue talking about safe driving and provides advice on how to set the rules before their teens hit the road.

“This year’s message is simple; talking with your teen about safe driving can make a difference,” said Commissioner Mikell.  “Even though your teen might be gaining some independence with a license, it is important to keep the safe driving conversation going.”  Video information on ‘5 to Drive’ has been added to all motor vehicle network screens broadcasting in select DDS customer service centers statewide.

The “5 to Drive” campaign addresses the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors for teen drivers. The idea behind the campaign is to give parents the words to use when they talk with their teens about driving.

The “5 to Drive” rules for parents to share with their teens are:

  1. No Drinking and Driving.
  2. Buckle Up. Every Trip.  Every Time. Front Seat and Back.
  3. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.
  4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.
  5. Observe Passenger Restrictions

 

DDS Tools to Use

  • Mobile Georgia Driver’s Manual

Since this generation of teen drivers has been raised with technology, it is natural for them to utilize on the go methods for driver education. The most recent version of the Georgia Drivers Manual is available online at www.dds.ga.gov  and is powered by the Layar application technology.  This free, mobile app gives additional digital content that readers can engage by using smartphones or tablets. It contains live hyperlinks to expand content and further enhance the user experience. The manual also utilizes QR Code technology throughout the publication to provide links to additional information for customers.

  • Also available at www.dds.ga.gov is the “What’s Your Driving IQ?” exercise and a ‘Practice Road Rules and Sign Test’.

For more information about driver services visit www.dds.ga.gov and for the Teen Driver Safety Week campaign, please visit http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/teens.