According to the safe driving advocacy group, We Save Lives, summer is one of the most dangerous times of the year, especially for teens. On average, teen car accident fatalities increase 26 percent in the summer compared to the rest of the year. Teens are out of school, have more free time, and are more likely to take road trips. Because younger drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident than any other age group, it is important for teens and parents alike to brush up on basic driver safety before hitting the road.
Most states have laws about how many passengers can travel with a teen driver. In Pennsylvania, every passenger must have a seat belt. Drivers with a junior license can transport one passenger under the age of 18, unless a parent or guardian is in the car. After drivers pass certain guidelines and time limits without accidents or infractions, additional passengers may be permitted.
According to the latest data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distractions were a factor in nearly six out of 10 moderate-to-severe car accidents. Phones are not the only distraction for teen drivers. Food, make-up, adjusting the radio, and other passengers keep teens from looking at the road ahead.
Teen drinking is a reality parents do not want to face, but it happens. When teens under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs get behind the wheel, the results can be fatal. Talk to your teens about the dangers of drunk driving. Reassure them that when they feel unsafe, they can call you for a ride without consequences.
Speeding is another common unsafe teen driving behavior. Inexperienced drivers who do not fully understand the weight and power of a car or truck are more likely to speed. High speeds increase the risk of losing control of the car and intensify the impact and severity of a crash. On a practical level, fines for speeding can quickly deplete a teen’s budget.
Good teen driving habits are not only about being a safe driver but are also about being a smart passenger. Teens should feel empowered to turn down a ride from a driver who may be drinking, taking drugs, or are otherwise reckless. Give your teen the confidence to say no when they feel unsafe.
When it comes to safe driving, parents are their teens’ best teachers. Parents should model good, responsible driving every day to encourage their children to make good choices behind the wheel and avoid becoming a teen driving statistic.
Pittsburgh car accident lawyers at AlpernSchubert P.C. are available to provide knowledgeable auto accident assistance at any stage of your case. It is not too late to seek compensation for your injuries. We work tirelessly for victims injured in drunk driving and distracted driving accidents, fighting for the compensation they deserve.
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