Memorial Day is right around the corner, and as we enter the vacation season, we all know there will be more traffic on our roads.
Consider This: Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most dangerous time on the road for all of us, but especially new teen drivers.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen driving fatalities increase by 15% during this time compared to the rest of the year. Over the past 6 years, more than 1,600 people have been killed during what are called the "100 deadliest days" between Memorial Day and Labor Day from inexperienced teen drivers.
It's up to us as parents to get more involved and talk with our teens about the increased dangers of risky behaviors when behind the wheel. Educate them on reducing distractions while driving.
Absolutely no cell phone use, and limit the number of passengers in the car while the teen is driving. Buckle up and slow it down! According to AAA, nearly 90 percent of all teen vehicle fatalities are from teens not wearing seatbelts and/or speeding. And most of all, as parents, adhere to these rules as well to serve as an example for your teen to follow.
We were all once teenagers, and there's no doubt these items are easier said than done. But start the conversation now before it's too late.
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