More than 8,300 people died in crashes involving teen drivers from 2008-20018 between Memorial Day and Labor Day, that means there were on average 7 deaths each day. 60% of these crashes are due to distracted driving, such as checking a text message or giving passengers in the car their attention instead of the road. Summertime this year may see even more of a spike in crashes as schools and activities are closed and cancelled, summer jobs may not be open, and coronavirus restrictions are lifting, resulting in more teens having free time to hit the road with friends. Now is the best time to talk to your teen about safe driving habits and what behavior to avoid! Parents should also lead by example. Want your teen to always wear their seat belt or obey the speed limits? Well they are more likely to mirror your behavior behind the wheel, so buckle up and slow it down! While a seat belt won't prevent a crash it may prevent a major injury or death because of an accident, make sure your teen understands that!
You can head over to AAA for a guide to help prepare your teen driver and yourself!