The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finds that the months of May, June, July and August are the times when teenage drivers are at most risk of dying in a car accident. Sadly, the car accident data reveals that teenagers between the ages of 15 to 19 are nearly twice as likely to be in a fatal motor vehicle accident in the summer months compared with the other months of the year. And, for every mile driven, a teenager is three times likely to be involved in a fatal crash than all other driver.
We saw these teen safety tips on Market Watch provided by Auto Trader.com which we thought were worth restating here.
Summer Driving Safety Tips
- Choose the right car — Make sure your teen is driving a car rated for safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as a Top Safety Picks web-site which can help you determine which vehicles fare the best in safety test.
- Enforce safety belt rules — Let your teen know that if you catch them driving without a safety belt, they lose their driving privileges. Seat belts save lives and a person who uses one cuts their risk of dying in a car accident by half. According to the NHTSA, 68% of teenage drivers killed in nighttime driving accidents were not wearing seatbelts.
- Properly maintain your vehicle — Car maintenance is important especially making sure tires have enough tread and are properly inflated as well as monitoring brake and steering fluids.
- Enforce graduated driver license rules — Washington state has a graduated driver’s license which prohibits a teenage driver with a newly minted driver’s license to drive with a passenger who is not a family member for the first six months. In addition, teenagers are prohibited from driving late at night. Discuss these rules with your teenage driver.
- Distracted driving — Discuss the dangers of distracted driving with your teen.
- Cruise Control — Counsel your teen driver to limit the use of cruise control to long trips and to avoid the usage at night so that the driver stays alert.
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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Tips To Keep Your Teen Safe While Driving This Summer