September 2015 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 18-24, 2015 

Teen Drivers

Back to School Safety Advisory: NHTSA Encourages Everyone to Be Responsible for Getting Children To and From School Safely 

Should Young Drivers Stay On Their Parents' Auto Policy or Get Their Own?

Michelin Debuts National Tire Safety Curriculum for Teen Drivers

ADTSEA/Michelin Miami Tire Safety Workshop

Drive Safe Los Angeles 

Upcoming Events

WTSEA Conference
Oct 9-10, 2015

ODTSEA Conference
Oct 9-11,2015

CASE Conference
Oct 10, 2015

NETSEA Conference
Oct 16-17, 2015

SCDTSEA Conference
Nov 20, 2015

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National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 18-24, 2015 

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. You are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot of learn. You can teach them and you may just help save their lives.
Even if you think they don't hear you, they do. Remember, the "5 to Drive" – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road. See more here.

Teen Drivers
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds, according to most recent data (2009) from the National Center for Health Statistics. Immaturity and lack of driving experience are the two main factors leading to the high crash rate among teens. Teens’ lack of experience affects their recognition of and response to hazardous situations and results in dangerous practices such as speeding and tailgating.

Other major contributing factors to the higher crash risk of young drivers are night driving and teen passengers. Teenagers are involved in more motor vehicle crashes late in the day and at night than at other times of the day. Teens also have a greater chance of getting involved in an accident if other teens are present in the vehicle, according to research from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm. Read more here.

Back to School Safety Advisory: NHTSA Encourages Everyone to Be Responsible for Getting Children To and From School Safely 
With the start of a new school year fast approaching, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds all drivers, students and parents to put safety first in school zones and near bus stops. Students travel to school by a variety of means: school bus (the safest means of transportation to and from school), walking, bikes, public transportation, or in vehicles with family or friends. It is everyone’s responsibility to use caution and stay focused and alert around traffic to ensure children can travel to and from school safely.

According to NHTSA data, from 2004 to 2013, there were 327 school-age children who died in school-transportation-related crashes; 54 were occupants of school transportation vehicles, 147 were occupants of other vehicles, 116 were pedestrians, and 9 were pedal cyclists. There were more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. than any other hours of the day.
To further enhance school transportation safety, NHTSA offers the following traffic tips for everyone (motorists, children and their parents). Read more here.

Should Young Drivers Stay On Their Parents' Auto Policy or Get Their Own?
There comes a time in most young drivers' lives when they have to ask themselves an important question: Should I get my own car insurance policy or add myself to the one my parents already have? A new study suggests the latter option is the way to go.

A recent Quadrant Information Services study, commissioned by, examined the economic impact of a young driver getting his or her own insurance policy versus being added to a parent's existing policy. The findings were quite significant.

According to the study, U.S. drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 pay, on average, eight percent more for their own individual insurance policies than they do when added to an adult's. But in some states -- and for certain types of drivers -- the increase can be more than 50 percent.

"The bottom line is that young drivers are more expensive to insure, and if they want their own individual policy, it's going to come at a cost," says Mike Barry, spokesman for the nonprofit Insurance Information Institute. "A young driver has a very limited driving record, not much credit history and data that show they are statistically riskier drivers." Read more here.

Michelin Debuts National Tire Safety Curriculum for Teen Drivers
Continuing a national awareness program to reduce preventable crashes among teen drivers, Michelin and ADTSEA (the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association) will launch their first joint tire-safety workshop on Saturday, July 11, at the 2015 ADTSEA National Conference in Raleigh, N.C. The workshop will introduce a new tire-safety education module to driving instructors from across the United States, aimed at teaching teen drivers simple facts about tire safety that will help them avoid crashes. Research shows that vehicle crashes are the top killer of teens in the United States.

“Michelin and ADTSEA are taking a key step forward in our shared mission to change the way new drivers are taught about the simple, life-saving topic of tire safety,” said Sheryl Wilkerson, vice president of federal government relations for Michelin North America, based in Greenville, S.C. “Michelin is committed to filling the large gap that exists in essential tire-safety knowledge among teen drivers to keep them safe on the roads.” 

As part of the new ADTSEA tire-safety module, Michelin will also debut new Tire Safety and Maintenance Videos that discuss how to properly check tire pressure, measure tread depth and install new tires. See more here.

ADTSEA/Michelin Miami Tire Safety Workshop

The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA), Michelin and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) will be conducting, at no cost, two one-day workshops on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Miami Airport Marriott Hotel in Miami, Florida. The workshops will be open to 30 participants per day.

As part of the workshops each instructor who participates will receive a complimentary copy of the ADTSEA 3.0 Driver Education Curriculum, including printed materials and a DVD with slides and videos. The curriculum will include a newly developed lesson on tire safety and maintenance to utilize in the classroom, which will help Michelin achieve their goals, through their Beyond the Driving Test Campaign to have all 50 states include detailed tire safety information on checking tire pressure and tread depth in their individual driver’s education curricula by 2020. The information in the lesson plan will help young drivers understand why tire safety is so important and will provide “how-to” information regarding checking tire pressure and tread depth.

The workshops will highlight how to incorporate the tire safety and maintenance lesson into the ADTSEA 3.0 Curriculum and how to teach tire safety to new drivers. A professional driver education teacher will conduct the workshop and a Michelin tire safety expert will be present during the workshop to answer questions and provide hands on activities.

For more information please contact or phone at 724-801-8246.

Drive Safe Los Angeles 

An exciting video contest for teens to help prevent distracted driving.

Send us your idea for a 30-second TV ad about the dangers of distracted driving.

Your School can win $2,500 or $1,500


Work with an Emmy Award-winning director to make your idea into a Public Service Announcement to be featured at the Los Angeles Auto Show and also on National TV.
You can help prevent crashes that kill and injure thousands every year.  For teens, crashes are the #1 killer.  Your PSA idea can help make a difference.

Entries are now open, click here to download the entry form.

Click here for all the official rules

Click here for a flyer to share with your class or organization

Only group entries will be accepted, from school classes, SADD chapters and/or other clubs, groups, service organizations recognized and sanctioned by a school in the following California counties:  Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Santa Barbara Counties.  No individual entries and no videos will be accepted.
All entrants will receive a ticket to the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. See more here.


Visit the ADTSEA website at for downloaded presentations and pictures from the 2015 ADTSEA conference. Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Portland, Oregon next year! 
Mark your calendar for July 17 – 20, 2016.

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