Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for US teens, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

Now the organization has teamed up with Honda to launch virtual safe driving sessions for parents of teens.

According to NSC estimates, more than 21,340 people were killed in crashes during the first six months of this year.

For teens, NSC analysis shows occupant deaths totaled more than 2,400 in 2020, the latest year of available data, up 15.6 per cent from 2019.

To reverse the trend, DriveitHOME, an NSC program dedicated to keeping teens safe on the roads, partnered with Honda as part of their corporate social responsibility team’s initiative to support young driver safety.

NSC and Honda will virtually bring together parents and experts from across the country via 15 new, free statewide parent nights. The virtual events will educate parents on the issues and risk factors teen drivers are up against, and provide state-specific information for parents such as crash rates and GDL laws.

“Data show more and more teens are not making it home safely,” said Mark Chung, executive vice president of roadway safety at NSC and parent of three.

“It is heartbreaking and unacceptable. Parental involvement is needed now more than ever, and NSC is thrilled to be working with Honda to educate parents on how and why it’s imperative to keep young drivers safe.

“As a parent and long time driver myself, I found these resources extremely helpful in not only providing thoughtful guidance to my teens but also in helping me create open dialogues about the importance of safe driving.”

The virtual gatherings begin, starting with Texas and California, January 23, 2023 and run through February 23. More information including how to register is available on the NSC website.