Passing a driving exam is a milestone for teenagers, but their driving education should not stop there. Now that summer is here, teens need to be even more vigilant. More free time, parties, vacations, and holidays add up to more driving time and increased accidents for this age group. Therefore, AAA has named the time period from Memorial Day through Labor Day as the 100 Deadliest Days for teenage drivers. AAA reports that the amount of crash fatalities involving teenage drivers increased 17 percent each day when compared to other days of the year.
AAA’s Executive Director stated that teenage drivers are vulnerable, with an increased probability of becoming involved in auto accidents. He added that they make mistakes when first learning, and need to be aware of safety risks and reckless driving behaviors. These have been identified and broken down into several categories:
A pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital lectures on unsafe driving to teenagers and emphasizes the importance of parent involvement. She said for new drivers, the first six months are the most dangerous in their lifetime. She advises parents to make pacts with their teen drivers to never call or text them while driving. She adds that phones should either be put on airplane mode or turned off while driving.
AAA encourages parents to take extra precautions with their teen drivers during the summer. Talking to them early and consistently about minimizing risky behaviors is important, and teaching by example is also helpful; parents should practice the same habits that they are teaching their children. Another way to keep these young drivers on track is to create and sign a driver contract. This can include rules that prevent risky behaviors and consequences, such as taking away the car keys if they break the rules.
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