For many teens, summertime means relaxing drives to the beach or rides with friends. Unfortunately, that often means distracted driving — a major cause of car accidents. According to AAA, the 100 days between May and August are the most dangerous ones for teen drivers. Now, they’re asking that parents be proactive in making sure their children have plenty of experience behind the wheel.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers, and for varying reasons. Teen girls are more likely to text while driving, while teen boys are more likely to be distracted by other teen passengers. Additionally, teen drivers statistically have three times as many accidents as adults who drive the same amount of miles. AAA says that the combination of distractions and inexperience is too often lethal for young people. In Pennsylvania alone, 17,023 drivers age 16 to 19 were involved in crashes in 2015.
AAA Mid Atlantic recommends the following to keep your teen driver safe this summer:
- Eliminate trips with no purpose
- Limit night driving
- Restrict number of passengers
- Keep open communication
One very effective method for keeping your teen driver safe is to come up with a parent-driver agreement.This way, your son or daughter knows there are conditions that allow vehicle access. These may include no texting while driving, no speeding, or no driving past 11pm.
For more information about educating your teen driver, take a look at this press release from AAA.