I am sure you heard it before but it is worth repeating: The leading cause of death for teenagers is traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teenagers are three times more likely to have a fatal crash
Summertime is the worst time of year for Teen accidents. According to the NHTSA “research shows which behaviors contribute to teen-related crashes. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc), drowsy driving and nighttime driving aggravate the problem.”
- Make sure your teen understands that wearing seat belts is not an option.
- Reduce the teen’s access to alcohol.
- Discuss the use of cell phones while driving. Start by being a good example. (teens learn behaviors by watching their parents).
- Limit the number of passengers your teen has in your car.
- Discuss consequences to unacceptable behavior. Consider a Teenager/Parent Driving Contract (we can provide you a sample).
- Provide a “No Consequences” out for you teenager if they become drowsy or drunk. Tell them to call you so you can pick them up and don’t lecture them right away.
Continue to teach your teens the benefits of safe driving. We have a lot of information for parents of teen drivers. Call us or go to our website at www.spencerinsurance.com and click the “Have a Teen Driver?” starburst towards the middle of the home page. Let us help you! At Spencer Insurance, “Your Protection and Peace of Mind is our only Business!”