As summertime quickly approaches, vacations are planned and school is being let out. Although the family trips have been thoughtfully planned, the Angell Law Firm knows there are some things that just can’t be planned for. The summer auto collision! Its not always easy making rules when your the parent of a teenage driver itching to get behind the wheel. According to statistics, teenagers are at greater risk for car accidents as they enter the “Hundred Deadly Days” in June, July and August.
There have been more wrongful deaths of teenage drivers during this period than any other time of year. The Wall Street Journal wants to help teenagers by providing these five helpful summer tips to parents & teens to prevent car accidents from occurring.
As the weather heats up, so does traffic on the roads. This is due in part as a result of more teenage drivers around since they are no longer in school classes.
As this school year is coming to a close, parents must face the scary reality that their teenage driver will be on the roads — some for the first time. Statistics have shown that inexperienced drivers and summer traffic are a bad combination. To help prevent a car accident that can cause personal injuries, the Wall Street Journal suggest the following helpful tips to keep your teens safe this summer.
Depending on your financial standpoint, you may only be able to hand down your current vehicle to your teenage driver. This actually works out best since you know the condition of the family car and how to advise your teenager in driving it. Why put your teenage driver’s life in the hands of some new automobile you have no idea about? Wouldn’t it be better to hand them the keys to a car that has been proven reliable? By restricting your teen’s first car to a family car, you also have more control over when and where they drive.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), parents should also consider limiting nighttime driving for new drivers. When driving at night, visibility is reduced giving you less time to react if you need to avoid a car accident.
Another driving tip suggest limiting how many other people are in the car with your teenage driver. Naturally, your teen will want to drive around with as many friends as possible; but remember, the more friends in the car equal more driver distractions that could lead to an auto accident. Some states have licensing rules to help prevent these distractions from happening but you the parent should still be the main enforcer.
Also as parents, if you exhibit poor driving habits then your teens will most likely pick them up. If you have a habit of speeding then there’s a possibility that trait will pass itself on to your teenager.
With these driving tips, you as parents should be the first line of defense when it comes to keeping your teenage driver safe on the road and from getting into a car accident. As a final note, if you feel your teen driver isn’t ready to drive, don’t let them. Keep them off the road until your comfortable that they are ready to be on it safely.