The summer months can be dangerous for drivers. In fact, AAA calls the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the “100 Deadliest Days” of the summer driving season.
The reason? School is out, and more teen drivers are on the road. They’re inexperienced behind the wheel and can be easily distracted by other people in the car, music and cell phones. One study found distracted driving accounted for 58.5% of crashes.
Help your teen stay safe behind the wheel this summer with these tips.
• Talk about the dangers of distracted driving. Distractions don’t just come from texting. Eating, talking to people in the vehicle, making a call or changing the radio station all take your eyes away from the road.
• Find out where your teen is going. Discuss the route they’ll take to get there and help them make decisions regarding timing, choosing alternate ways and following the rules of the road.
• Consider a curfew. More than 40% of teen auto deaths occur between 9 PM and 6 AM. In the state of Utah, no one under the age of 17 may drive between midnight and 5 AM.
• Set an example. Your teen will learn more about driving from watching you than you may realize. Obey posted speed limits, follow the rules of the road and always wear your seatbelt.
Check out these links for more resources on teaching teens to be safe drivers,
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