Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and that risk climbs even higher during the summer months. More free time, relaxed parental curfews, and less supervision overall combine to create a higher risk for teen driving accidents and deaths when school is out. On an average more teens died in the months of July and August than any other months of the year. Worried about your teen being safe while on the road this summer? Here are 5 safety tips that you may not of thought of that will help keep your teen stay safe on the road during those crazy summer months.
NIGHT DRIVE – Did you know that 17% of teen fatalities occur between 9pm and midnight, and 26% occur between midnight and 6:00 a.m. What can you do? Reduce night driving, giving a curfew, and being aware of where and when your child is driving will be one way to address this crash risk.
SLOW DOWN – Parents need to set a good example way before your child is ready to drive themselves. Teen crashes are more likely to involve speeding, especially with male drivers. Make sure your teen knows that driving above the speed limit can lead to a ticket (which they should pay for), insurance rate increase, or even a deadly crash.
TURN IT DOWN – Teens love to listen to music, and they love to listen to it as loud as they can. How can they hear the road noises around you, you can’t! Headphones are even worse, so encourage to put the headphones in the glove box and turn the radio off and focus on the road.
LIMIT PASSENGERS – Don’t let your teen’s vehicle be the party bus. Friends in the car can be a serious distraction. Limit how many passengers your teen can transport. Most graduated licensing laws already set limits, but make sure you know your state laws or set your own rules.
DRIVE A SAFE CAR – Your teen doesn’t need to drive a brand new car but make sure it functions properly. You can even teach your teen how to check tire pressure and how to look for wear and tear on tires. Make sure all lights work, the brakes are in good condition, and the airbags are functioning correctly. Here is a list of the best cars for teens.
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