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May 29, 2012

Summer Is Deadliest Time For Teens

Summer is the best time of the year for most teens: school is out, they are able to spend more time with friends, and there are so many things to do. Unfortunately, it is the deadliest time of the year for teen drivers. On average, 422 teens die in motor vehicle accidents each month during the summer. Here are a few things that you can do to minimize the chances that you will get that dreaded phone call or visit from the police.

  • Talk to your teen about distracted driving. Texting while driving seems to be front-and-center currently, but there is more to distracted driving. Having a car full of teens is distracting. Blasting their favorite music is a distraction. There are many distractions. Talking to your teen could encourage them to reduce the number of distractions in their car.
  • Your teen does not have to be the driver to die in an accident. Talk to them about calling you if they feel unsafe at any time. Stress that you will be there no matter what at any time of the day or night.
  • Talk to your teen about driving under the influence. Alcohol or drugs kill more teens in vehicles than anything else. Your teen needs to know that even if you are going to be angry with them for getting drunk or high, you will protect them. Doubly stress that they should never get in the vehicle with someone else who is under the influence.

As a parent, the most you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your children. Start by setting an example. Do not do things that you do not want your children to do. Talk to them frequently, even if you are ignored most of the time, some things will get through.

Thanks go to Insurance for Teen Drivers for these tips.

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