Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

June 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM | Posted in Auto, Safety Tips | Leave a comment
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There are so many distractions for drivers today – cell phones, radios, and passengers to name a few.  Combine these with a newly licensed teenage driver whose inexperience often results in risk taking and you have a deadly combination.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the four deadliest months for teen crash deaths, in order, were August, July, May, and June.  This is not surprising since proms, graduations, and summer fun also occur during these months.  Parental involvement can mean the difference between life and death for a teen driver.  Here are a few things parents can do to keep teen drivers and everyone on the road safe:

Don’t rely solely on driver education – First and foremost children learn from watching those around them.  As a role model practice safe driving and seat belt use.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the highest percentage of fatal crashes for teens in 2010 was caused by driver error with the second highest cause being speed.

Know the Law – Be familiar with the restrictions on teen drivers such as passengers allowed and driving curfews.  Visit www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/  for more information on Massachusetts driving laws.

Restrict night driving – Most teen fatal crashes occur between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Choose vehicles with safety in mind – Sports cars may look nice but do they have the latest safety technology to protect your teen in a crash? 

Talk to your child – Statistics show most teenagers will experiment with alcohol at some point. Assure them that you would rather receive a call to pick them up instead of a call because they have been in an accident. Tell them to never get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking and to call you for a ride. Also, if someone they are in a vehicle with is driving erratically or speeding, they should demand to be let out of the vehicle and call for a ride home. Don’t get mad at them for making the right choice!

For additional information or for consumer brochures, visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website www.iihs.org.

Call Protector Group today, at 888-850-9400, to add your teen driver to your auto insurance policy and to make certain you have the necessary coverage in place.

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