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100 deadliest days: How can you talk to your teens about risky summer driving?

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As teens get older and earn their licenses, the summertime may begin to change into a more dangerous time for these drivers.

In the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, professionals notice that there is a distinct increase in the number of deadly car accidents for teenagers. For this reason, the name dubbed for this season by first responders and other entities is “The 100 Deadliest Days.” As you navigate this time with your teens, telling them about the dangers of the road and how they can protect themselves is critical.

Showcase good driving

According to the Department of Transportation, being transparent about the struggles someone may have with wanting to check their phone while driving can help you and your teens grow closer. Setting a good example of attentiveness when on the road is one important way for your kids to learn about safety while they are still young.

This can also influence how they drive when they are alone or with friends who are encouraging them to speed or run red lights. Having this powerful influence can teach them to keep their eyes focused forward and hands on the wheel.

Learn about the laws yourself

Taking note of the road laws in your state can help you explain the meaning and purpose of them to your teens. Brushing up on these formal laws may allow you to set rules for them to follow when they are on the road.

You should be clear about what you expect from your teens and what punishments they may receive if they engage in unsafe driving, such as a shorter curfew. During these particular days in the summer, staying aware of what to do and say to teens who are on the road is key.