June is National Safety Month and the perfect time to talk to teens about driver safety. Teens are enjoying the rewards of summer by taking trips to the beach and spending time with friends. They often have a carefree attitude when getting into their vehicle without thinking twice about the dangers of driving.
Not only are motor vehicle crashes the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, but the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the deadliest for ages 15-20 years of age, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety experts attribute the higher crash rates for teens to having more free time under less supervision, more opportunities to drive at night when road risks are higher and parent curfews may be relaxed. Inexperience, not reckless driving, is the number one cause of car crashes for teens just learning to drive. The more you know, the more you can do to prevent these crashes.
Utilize the below tips and discussion topics to keep your teen driver safe this summer.
- The National Safety Council suggests creating your own household rules for passengers, nighttime driving and cell phone use by creating a New Driver Deal with your teen. The New Driver Deal is a written and signed agreement outlining restrictions, privileges, rules and consequences.
- Enforce the importance of seat belt usage for all passengers in vehicles. Seat belts save lives!
- Discuss driver distractions such as other passengers, texting, and talking on cell phones.
- Know the rules of the road and review them with your teen. Check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to get up-to-date information.
- Finally, set a good example. Drive the way you want your teen to drive. Your sons and daughters have learned from you their entire lives and will continue to do so.
If you need to make changes to your auto policy for any reason such as adding a teen driver, call J. Freeman & Associates at 864-331-4400 or email Personal@J-Freeman.com. Although adding a teen driver does increase your policy rate, we can aid in exploring discounts for usage-based insurance programs, good student discounts and safer vehicles to help curb costs.