School has ended for the summer and that means teens will increase their time behind the wheel. Summer months are the most dangerous for teen drivers, especially the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Here are a few tips to share with your teen driver that will help him or her stay safe this summer.
- Speeding and aggressive driving is the number one cause of car accidents among teens.
Watch out for kids playing
- Be mindful and slow down while driving in your neighborhoods as most kids are outside playing.
- Pay particular attention when backing up, small children cannot be seen in your mirrors.
Allow extra time
- Allow extra time when traveling to work or meeting up with friends. There are more cars on the roadways during the summer months, which mean you need to be more aware of traffic around you.
Beware of summer weather
- We may not have ice or snow to contend with during the summer, but summer rains can be equally dangerous. Be careful during heavy rains, especially when it first begins. The roads can be as slick as ice during the first few minutes of a rain storm. Plus, hydroplaning is always a concern on highways, so slow down in bad weather.
- Allow more distance between you and the car ahead of you.
Stay focused on the road
- Keep your eyes on the road at all times and maintain your focus distractions while driving can cause accidents.
- Don’t become a statistic.
- Don’t eat food, text, or on the phone while driving.
- Be careful when changing radio or adjusting the air condition, distractions can cause accidents.
- Passengers or friends in the vehicle are distractions, especially those in the back seat which are the cause for many accidents. Pay Attention to the Road not your friends.
Wear your seat belt
- It’s a fact that seat belts save lives. Seat belts are also an important part of your air bag system. The seat belt helps to correctly position your body when the air bag deploys, in the event of a collision.
Become educated on basic car maintenance
- Make sure your car is up to date with all its scheduled maintenance.
- Have the air conditioner inspected along with all the vital fluids. No one wants to breakdown on the side of the road. A little prevention will help keep you safe.
- Check tire pressure when tires are low on pressure they can overheat and may blow out at highway speeds.