And while that means some time off from school for our teens, it also means the deadliest time on our roadways for them. Teens will be out, carousing the town, spending time with friends and just hanging out. It's cause for serious concern for parents. According to education.com, more time spent driving also puts teens at greater risk of getting into a fatal car accident.
According to statistics, the month of May through June represent the 100 deadliest days for our teens to be behind the wheel. During this time, an average of 13 teens are killed every day.
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand that there's a good way to help combat this problem. Parents and guardians are asked to step in and talk with the young drivers in their family about the importance of safe driving. Parents are also asked to reduce the risks by enacting household driving rules -- to help strengthen the ones already in place in California.
Sound hard? It's not.
"This isn't about being harsh or overly strict; it's about being caring and loving and about taking parental responsibility seriously," said Phil Berardelli, author of Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens.
Here are some simple safety tips to help keep your teen safe behind the wheel this summer:
-Set a safe example. Make sure you're displaying safe driving habits while your teen driver is riding with you. Parents are the most influential people in a teen's driving career. Make sure you're setting them up for success.
-Make sure they're getting plenty of practice. Ride along with your teen driver often. Experts say that newly-licensed drivers should have at least 100 hours or supervised driving time underneath their belt before setting off on their own. Make sure you're exposing them to all sorts of driving conditions, in all sorts of weather conditions.
-Stay in control and rule the road. Make sure you and your teen have a common understanding about what's expected of them behind the wheel. Make sure they have a curfew, they limit the number of passengers in their vehicle and they're aware of all road laws and rules.
-Make sure they know how to take care of their vehicle. Teach them basic maintenance techniques to help to avoid a breakdown or a potential accident. Teach them about tire pressure, checking their own, maintaining fluids under the hood and mirror maintenance.
-Talk with your teen about the dangers of drinking and driving. Although they may not be old enough to drink, it doesn't mean that they can't get their hands on alcohol and that they won't get behind the wheel. Better safe than sorry.
Contact Howard Law, PC today, if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. 1-800-872-5925.
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