How to Protect Teens During the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”
Did you know that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 deadliest days of summer?” This is because the risk of fatal car crashes involving teenagers is the highest during this time. According to AAA more than 7,000 people have been killed across the United States in teen-related car crashes during the last 10 summers. Furthermore, on average, seven teens are killed daily during this time period over the summer. Other factors that contribute to an increase in accidents and deaths during the summer include more cars on the road, including those driven by teenagers, as people are taking vacations and have breaks from school. The summer months also tend to have higher rates of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Finally, younger populations have a lower rate of seatbelt use, resulting in more severe injuries and higher deaths in the event of an accident.
How to Keep Your Teens Safe
It is critical that families have purposeful conversations about driving, the risks involved, and promote safe habits year-round, but especially during the summer. Below are some tips for parents who are teaching a teen or young adult how to drive, or otherwise have a younger driver in their home:
- Encourage as much driving during daylight hours as possible, as the risk of accidents is higher during the nighttime;
- Ensure your teen is not tired or fatigued when getting behind the wheel, as drowsy driving is a leading cause of car accidents involving teens;
- Limit the number of passengers allowed in the car when your teen is driving, as the risk of an accident due to distracted driving increases as the number of passengers increases;
- Have an honest conversation with your teenage driver about the dangers of drinking and driving, letting them know it is never ok to drink and drive or get in the car with someone who has been drinking;
- Encourage your young driver to take defensive driving courses to help them improve reaction times to potential dangers and learn how to avoid accidents.
Parents should also try their best to set good examples and serve as role models for their teens when it comes to driving and safe behaviors. Bad habits such as distracted driving, aggressive driving, speeding, and other dangerous driving behaviors should be avoided at all times, but especially when children are in the car. Teach your teen driver how to care for their vehicle and provide simple routine maintenance, such as changing the windshield wiper fluid and changing a tire. Being a safe driver and a responsible car owner, and showing that you are one through your actions, will set the tone for your teenager’s driving habits.
Nevada Car Accident Attorneys
If your teen has been involved in a car accident in Nevada, contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at H&P Law today. Our lawyers will help you navigate the legal process, explain the options available to you, and ensure that your family receives just compensation. Contact us today for your initial case evaluation.