This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, an entire week dedicated to remind teens of the important rules they need to follow in order to stay safe behind the wheel.
According to AAA, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
In 2015, almost 2,000 teen drivers were involved in fatal traffic crashes, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths nationwide.
That's why parents are encouraged to talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road and distracted driving.
Allen Nelson with the Rapid City Police Department says, "It only takes a second to look down at your radio, or to check that text and that's when the accidents happen, so speaking to them about the distracted driving is imperative."
Officer Nelson with the RCPD says they typically see teen drivers easily distracted while on the road as well as speeding.
He says those two create a recipe for a traffic accident.
AAA says parents should talk to their teen drivers about not drinking and driving, the importance of buckling up, keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, following the speed limit and avoid driving while tired.