Summer is a fun time for people across the country, especially teens. No school, a new license in their wallet, and the road ahead of them. While this is an exciting prospect for these new drivers, it is also a dangerous one.
The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day has earned the nickname of “the 100 deadliest days of summer,” largely due to the sudden increase in teenage drivers on the road. When you send your teenager off in the car this summer, here are some tips to remind them of to help protect them:
Put the phone away
Texting and driving are one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers of any age. Avoid making calls or sending texts while driving by leaving your phone in the glove box of your car. If you need to use your phone, pull over to somewhere safe, like a gas station, to use your phone.
Limit your passenger count
Too many passengers in a car can be a major distraction. When your passengers are fighting over who will play the next song on the stereo or where you should all go next, it can interfere with your ability to pay attention to the road around you.
Maintain your vehicle
Regular oil changes, keeping the gas tank and windshield fluid full, and changing headlights as necessary help ensure that your vehicle is as safe as you are. It is also important to keep a road safety kit and a first aid kit in your car at all times.
Keep the music down
Just like unruly passengers, loud music can keep you from hearing what is going on around you. Additionally, the music can also keep you from hearing odd sounds from your vehicle that would otherwise alert you to something dangerous that is about to happen.
Never drive under the influence
No matter what situation you are in, there is always a better option than driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Call for a rideshare, call a friend, or even call your parents to get home safe. Getting in trouble is better than never coming home again.
Keep safe this summer
A few moments of preparation and foresight can help ensure that you and your passengers are safe this summer. Avoid unnecessary distractions and keep your attention on the road to help ensure you can enjoy the next summer as well as this one.