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Summer Driving and Teens – Safety Tips for Teens and Parents

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A USA Today published an interesting article about the increase of teenage vehicle accidents during the summer months. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Admission, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the deadliest for drivers ages 15-20. Traffic safety experts state that the increase in youth fatality rates during this time period is due to youths having more free time and less parental supervision, more opportunities to drive at night and relaxed curfews.

Traffic safety experts also declared that road risks are higher during nighttime. Over the course of a year, the hours from 10 p.m. to midnight are during Fridays and Saturdays are the deadliest hours for teens. However, during the summer every night is like a weekend night for young drivers.

The two main factors attributable to teen auto crashes are in experience and immaturity. Basically, during the summer teens just have more free time. Parents need to be sure to engage their children time during the summer vacation and keep them from using destructive behavior on the road. To read more about this topic see Accidents for teen drivers increase during the summer.

Parents should enforce curfews and limit teen driving as much as possible during nighttime. Reducing idle driving time, not using cell phones, and limiting distractions inside the vehicle are just some ways to young drivers can protect themselves and avoid automobile accidents. Parents need to inform their young drivers of the dangers that exist on the highway.