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Keeping Teen Drivers Safe in the Summer

Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:42 pm

The summer is a dangerous time for teenage drivers. Plymouth Rock Assurance knows that teens hit the road in large numbers during summer break, often distracted by friends, mobile devices, or the pursuit of fun in the sun. Inexperience and distraction are a dangerous combination. Fortunately for parents, one of the strongest deterrents for dangerous teen driving is to simply get involved.

Research demonstrates that teens whose parents set rules and boundaries are half as likely to be involved in a life threatening or fatal accident. The first step is to educate your young driver about the dangers of unsafe and distracted driving.

A great start is to establish a driving contract between you and your young driver. This contract lets your teen know how serious you are about safety and the ground rules you have set. Below are a few basics recommended by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners:

  • Set a driving curfew. More than 40 percent of teen auto death occur between 9 pm and 6 am.
  • Put a limit on the number of passengers allowed in your teen’s car. The relative risk of a fatal crash increases as the number of passengers increases.
  • Make the cell phone off limits while driving. Talking and texting on a mobile device can double the likelihood of an accident.
  • Encourage your teen to exercise his or her rights as a passenger. Only 44 percent of teens say they would speak up if someone was driving in a way that scared them.

Another way to make sure your teen understands is to not only to talk about proper driving behavior, but to show them. As parents (and role models), you have a great impact on what your young driver does. That means setting an example and making sure you follow your own rules while driving.

While education and preparation are great ways to limit the chance of an accident, they still can happen. It is important that your teen knows what to do at the scene of an accident to help them remain calm and confident.

 

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