5 Tips to Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe During 100 Deadliest Days
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there is a 15% increase in fatal crashes involving teen drivers. With summer vacation from school comes an increase in inexperienced teen drivers on the road, resulting in a significant spike in accidents involving teens. During this time period, drivers ages 16 to 17 are nearly four times as likely as adult drivers to be involved in a fatal accident. This high-risk period has come to be known as the 100 Deadliest Days in the auto safety world because of the severity of the issue.
How can we make roads safer during the dangerous summer months? The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says educating teens and leading by example is the best way to ensure their safety behind the wheel.
Set a good example for your teen by practicing these safe driving habits:
- Follow the speed limit. Speeding contributes to one in 10 fatal accidents involving teen drivers. Talk with your teen about the dangers of speeding, and make sure you are following the speed limit when you are driving.
- Put your phone away. Distracted driving is dangerous enough for an experienced driver. Your inexperienced teen driver should never be using a device behind the wheel.
- Avoid aggressive driving maneuvers. Driving aggressively and exhibiting road rage is dangerous, and it sets a poor example for your kids. Keep your cool behind the wheel.
- Enforce the rules for provisional license holders. During the first 12 months after passing their driving test, teen drivers must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 25 years old if they are driving passengers under 20 years of age, or driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. As a parent, it is your job to ensure your teen is following these guidelines.
- Be selective about passengers. National Safety Council research reveals that passengers increase the risk of a fatal crash for teen drivers by at least 44%. That is a huge increase in risk, and parents should consider this reality carefully before allowing their teens to drive with friends.
You might feel like a broken record, but continuing to have conversations with your teen drivers about safe driving habits is crucial. Your reminders could truly save a life, so be persistent.
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