Car accidents is the number one annual cause of teen fatalities in the United States. With the upcoming school break, graduation ceremonies, parties, and other recreational activities, summer is also a crucial time for parents to remind their teens to focus on driving safely and paying full attention to the road in front of them.
Here are some driving tips for parents to discuss with their teens before they get behind the wheel this summer:
1. Don’t be distracted
Distracted driving has quickly become an increasing problem with the use of cell phones and texting, now causing one in five motor vehicle accidents. Have your teen driver stay focused on the road by not using his or her phone until they reach their destination.
2. Buckle up
Seatbelts do save lives, and studies have shown your chances of surviving a vehicle crash increases by 45 percent when buckling up.
3. Set a curfew
Teens want to enjoy their newfound independence by driving at night, but they need to be aware of their physical limits. Staying out late can lead to drowsy driving which could potentially lead to an accident, so have them return home safely at a reasonable hour.
4. Don’t have your teen drive or ride with too many friends in one vehicle
Too many kids in one car can lead to a distracted driver who should be concentrating on the road instead.
5. Remind them to drive defensively
Even if your children think they’re good drivers, it doesn’t make them invulnerable to accidents. Being alert helps them react quicker to split-second situations around them that may lead to accidents.