The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day see a regular increase in car accidents and fatalities. Roads can be an especially dangerous place for young drivers, and parents need to do what they can to make sure their children are safe on the streets.
Car accidents are the most significant cause of death for teenagers. During the summer, they are more likely to get into a car accident and suffer catastrophic injures. Share some advice with your young driver to help ensure they are safe on the road. Here are a few tips to offer them:
Avoid unnecessary distractions
Eating, fixing your appearance, adjusting the GPS or radio are all tasks that drivers should take care of before driving. Cell phones are especially distracting and can be as fatal as drunk driving. Putting cell phones in the glove compartment can keep a teenager from using their phone while driving.
Do not speed
Running late is no excuse for endangering others. Speeding on highways and residential areas puts the lives of everyone around a reckless driver at risk. The faster teen drives, the less time they have to react to oncoming cars, wildlife on the road, or other sudden threats.
Stay cautious in construction zones
Work areas on the road can have sudden turns or stops, falling debris, and construction workers can appear instantly in these areas. Make sure you are driving slowly enough to react to these dangers with enough time.
Never drink and drive
Calling a family member or friend, hiring a rideshare, or staying in place are all better options than getting behind a car’s wheel while drunk. Drunk driving can have consequences that last a lifetime and also take the lives of innocent people.
Stay safe this summer
The road can be a dangerous place in the summer, but it does not have to be. If everyone did their part in staying safe, no one would have to worry about making it home safely. Talk to your teen about doing their part to be a safe driver.