Memorial Day marks the beginning of the “100 Deadliest Days of Driving” for teenage drivers. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 1,600 people over the past five years were killed by teenage drivers during this period. Teenagers are not enrolled in school during the summer months and are more likely to be driving with friends during this time. In addition, teenagers are likely to be driving for recreational purposes during the summer. However, there are steps you can take that may help you protect your teenage driver during the 100 deadliest days.
- Place limits on passengers. Teenage drivers are more likely to crash if they are distracted by passengers. The National Safety Council maintains that you should set limits on the number of passengers for your teenage driver.
- Discuss distracted driving with your teenager. AAA recommends discussing the dangers of distracted driving with your teenager. Parents can also teach by example. For instance, when driving with your teenager, avoid talking on the phone or text messaging.
- Discuss driving safety with your teenager. AAA also recommends discussing safe driving habits with your teenager. For example, discuss the importance of wearing a seatbelt or the dangers of speeding.
- Create a safe driving agreement. You can make a safe driving agreement with your teenager. According to AAA, this driving agreement should clearly state rules for safe driving and consequences for violations.
- Review the teen driving laws in your state. California has certain restrictions for teenage drivers who recently received their licenses. You can go over the laws in California or your state with your teenager. Not only will this prevent them from getting into trouble, but it could reduce the risk of a car accident.
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