Teens have the highest crash rates of any group of drivers in the U.S. In fact, teens crash four times more often than adult drivers, and this crash risk increases even more during the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day, considered the “100 Deadliest Days” on our roadways.
To decrease the number of teens who experience a crash, AAA urges parents to encourage proper driving behavior, including teaching by example, and to have conversations about safe driving practices. Help your teens minimize their risk—and reduce your own risky behavior—behind the wheel with the following driving don’ts.
1. Don’t use cell phones while driving. Cell-phone use is among the leading causes of driver distraction.
2. Don’t carry extra passengers. Distraction levels—and, thus, crash risk—increase with more teens in a car.
3. Don’t speed. More deaths occur as the result of crashes at higher speeds.
4. Don’t use alcohol or drugs. Alcohol use impairs judgment and cognition—plus, it’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
5. Don’t drive or ride without a seat belt. Seat belts save lives.
For more information about teen driving safety, including resources to guide parents in having critical conversations about safe driving, please visit AAA.com/Foundation/RoadsPrograms/TeenDriving or AAAFoundation.org.
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 edition of AAA World.
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