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Parents: Why you should talk to your teens now about safe driving

Summer is right around the corner, and perhaps no one looks forward to this time of year more than teenagers. Summertime means no homework, less responsibility and a general sense of freedom.

However, it is important to remind teenagers that there are also risks associated with the summer months. For instance, did you know that the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer in terms of car accidents? 

How big is the problem?

As noted in this article, driving is already a dangerous event for teens. Teens have the highest rate of crashes, and motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teenage death. 

During the summer, these numbers increase even more. About 260 teenagers die in crashes during each month of summer, on average. This is a 26 percent increase than other months. It is indeed a serious problem, and an important reason why parents need to talk to their teens about safe driving.

Know the risks to avoid them

Teenage drivers probably already know the risks that come with driving, but now is a good time to reiterate certain behaviors that are especially dangerous and potentially more common during summertime. 

Parents should remind teens about:

  • Limiting the number of passengers in the car
  • Putting away their phone and focusing on driving
  • Wearing their seat belt
  • Calling for a ride if they are impaired or do not feel safe driving
  • Obeying traffic laws at all times

Discussing these habits and making sure teen drivers follow the rules can be crucial not only in protecting them, but also in protecting other motorists who could be involved in a crash with them.

Getting help if you or your teen is in a crash

Sadly, it is impossible to prevent every accident from occurring, even when you take all the precautions to drive safely. In these situations, it is important for victims and their families to understand that there may be compensation available for damages, which are often extensive after a serious car accident. For more information on the legal options after a crash, you can talk to an experienced personal injury attorney.

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