According to a recent CNN report, Memorial Day is the beginning of the 100 most deadly days for teen drivers. During the summer months of 2012, almost 1,000 people were killed in automobile accidents involving teen drivers. Over half of those killed that summer were teenagers according to the National Safety Council. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers; therefore, we see a rise in teen deaths during the summer months when teens are driving more.
Summer Means More Teens Driving, More Hours Of The Day
With school being out for the summer, teen drivers are on the road much more as they are driving for recreational purposes at all hours. During school months, driving is typically limited due to school hours and earlier curfews. Summer months bring longer days with more time to fill. Teen drivers may also have more passengers in the vehicle increasing the risk of an accident by forty-four percent. Having passengers in the car is a huge distraction for teen drivers. Many states have enacted laws that limit the number of passengers a teen driver may have in the vehicle. Amplify that distraction by the inexperience of a new driver and you have a recipe for disaster.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Teen Driver This Summer?
As Memorial Day and summer gets closer, there are steps you can take now to protect your teen driver. One of the best ways to protect your teen is to participate in the Parent's Supervised Driving Program and take each lesson seriously. The program provides a plan for teaching your teen driver how to be safe behind the wheel. Detailed lessons and other resources help you teach your teen driver everything he or she needs to know in order to reduce the risk of an accident.
Studies have shown that the risk of a crash decreases with experience. Spending time with your teen driver reviewing each lesson and practicing good driving skills will help protect your child and others on the road. Therefore, spend as much time as possible in the car with your teen driver correcting mistakes as you see them happen. Do not criticize your teen driver for making a driving mistake. Explain how to correct the mistake and that mistakes are a natural process of learning but your teen driver must learn not to repeat mistakes that could place his or her life in jeopardy.
Slowly increase the variety of driving conditions so that your teen driver gains experience driving at night, in adverse weather conditions, and in unfamiliar locations. Exposing your teen driver to a variety of driving conditions and situations will give him or her more experience and the knowledge of how to handle problems if they arise.
Other resources you can use to help teach your teen driver safe driving skills include:
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