Florida Teen Drivers At Greater Risk For Accidents This Summer
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, teen drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident than any other time during the year. For this reason, the time between these two national holidays is dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days For Teen Drivers.” Over 5,000 people died from 2010 to 2014 in car accidents involving teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days of summer. Parents need to be aware of the dangers and the increased risk for teen drivers of being involved in a car crash during the summer.
Teens have more time on their hands during the summer; therefore, those with a driver’s license and a vehicle are on the road much more than during the school year. Furthermore, teen drivers are more likely to have more passengers in the vehicle during the summer than during the school year and they are more likely to travel new routes as they enjoy many of the summer activities in Florida from the beach to the amusement parks.
Can Parents Do Anything To Reduce The Risk For Teen Drivers?
Short of being with your teenager driver every time he or she leaves the house, parents are limited in what they can do to keep their teen drivers safe. Education and reasonable limits are the best ways to reduce the risk of car crashes for your teen driver. For example, distracted driving is the most common reason for car accidents involving teen drivers. Talking to your teenager and educating him or her on the dangers of distracted driving is crucial. Setting a good example when you are driving is also very important.
Examples of distracted driving include:
- Texting while driving
- Using a cell phone or other handheld electronic device
- Interacting with passengers
- Adjusting the radio or other vehicle settings
- Using a GPS system
- Distractions outside of the vehicle
The National Safety Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have resources for parents to help them educate their teen drivers about safe driving habits. Another way to help your teen learn and develop safe driving habits is to require him or her to complete online and/or in-person safe driving courses.
Setting curfews, limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle, enforcing strict rules regarding cell phone use in the car, and using technology to promote safe driving and track driving habits are other ways parents can help keep their teen drivers safe this summer. Your teen may not appreciate your restrictions and rules; however, that is the price for the privilege of driving.
Boca Raton Personal Injury Law Firm
The personal injury attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help if you or your teen driver is injured in a motor vehicle accident. Even if you believe your teen driver may be at fault for the car crash, it is still wise to consult with an experienced Boca Raton accident attorney as soon as possible.
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