AAA reports that the most dangerous days for teenage drivers fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day. AAA says that 7,300 teenage drivers and their passengers, ages 13-19, were killed in traffic accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the years 2005-2009.
The AAA gives the following advice to parents of teenage drivers:
- Limit your teen’s driving to “essential” trips during their first year of driving.
- Continue practicing driving with your teen and coaching them even after they get their license.
- Limit the number of passengers your teen can drive. Parents should also restrict their teen from riding as a passenger with a teenage driver.
- Restrict night driving.
- Be clear about driving rules by using a driving agreement.
Washington state has a graduated or intermediate driver’s license which has proven to prevent teenage car accident deaths. The intermediate driver’s sets for the following restriction on the license:
- Passengers – Prohibits driving with passengers under the age of 20, unless they are immediate family, for the first six months. For the following six months, teens are not allowed to drive with more than 3 passengers under the age of 20 that are not family members.
- Night Time Driving: Teens are prohibited from driving between 1am-5am unless with an adult 25 years of age or older.
- Cell Phones: Talking of texting on a cell phone is strictly prohibited even with a hands-free device.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have died.
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