The months between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September are known as the 100 deadliest days. It is the time when the most teen drivers are on the road, and it is a time that sees a 60% increase in the number of traffic accidents among this age group.
The main reason for this uptick in teen road collisions is the increase in the number of road trips taken by them. School is out, and many young people travel to sunny and warm destinations throughout the country.
Teen drivers tend to be more inexperienced. They also tend to take more risks when they drive. While you want to give as much freedom as you can to your teenager to see new places and socialize with their friends, you also want to ensure that they remain safe. The best way to protect them is to offer guidance and advice.
Here are a few of the points you should highlight before your teen takes to the road this summer:
1. No drinking under the influence
You may have already warned your teen about the dangers of drinking under the influence of alcohol. You should also instill in them the courage to confront others who do so. The bottom line is that your teen should not get into a car that is about to be driven by anyone who has been drinking.
2. No distracted driving
Make sure they know the importance of keeping their attention on the road. If they are making a road trip with friends, there will be a great deal of talk and laughing going on. This is a good thing. However, it is not something your teen should participate in when behind the wheel.
3. No sleepy driving
Emphasize the importance of getting adequate rest before driving. Your teen should know when to pull over and rest or turn the wheel over to someone else.