Auto Accidents

How to Keep Your Teen Safe on the Road This Summer

By June 26, 2016November 14th, 2018No Comments
keep your teen safe on the road this summer

Summer has officially arrived for Tampa Bay area students. While students, parents, and teachers are celebrating the beginning of an exciting summer, it is important to remember the dangers that arise during the warmer months. This is the time that travelers from all over flock to our little piece of paradise.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been called “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Nine of the ten deadliest days for teens on U.S. highways fall between May and August. It is important to discuss safe driving tips with your teen.

keep your teen safe on the road this summer

Summer has officially arrived for Tampa Bay area students. While students, parents, and teachers are celebrating the beginning of an exciting summer, it is important to remember the dangers that arise during the warmer months. This is the time that travelers from all over flock to our little piece of paradise.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been called “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Nine of the ten deadliest days for teens on U.S. highways fall between May and August. It is important to discuss safe driving tips with your teen.

Some safe driving tips include:

  • Minimizing Distractions
    Talk with your teen about the danger of texting and driving. Practice safe driving habits as parents. Stay off your cell phone if you are in the car with your teen.
  • Driving Solo
    Passengers are actually one of the biggest risks. Loud conversations or horseplay between passengers were more likely to result in a dangerous accident involving teen drivers.
  • Practicing Defensive Driving
    Encourage your teen to always be aware of the traffic ahead, behind, and next to them, and to always have a possible escape route in mind.
  • Restricting Driving to Daylight Hours
    Roughly 40% of fatal car accidents involving a teen driver take place between 9:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.
  • Having a Plan after an Accident
    Even the safest, most responsible teen driver may be involved in an accident. It is extremely important that your teen knows what to do after an accident.

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