This week is the National Safety Council’s Teen Driver Safety Week, and it comes right in time for summer, the most dangerous set of months for teens behind the wheel. Last week, we published the California Teen Driver Summer Safety Resource, which included daunting statistics about summer driving for teenagers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, for example, that there are nearly twice as many car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day than the rest of the year combined. So to prevent car accidents this summer, pay attention to Teen Driver Safety Week and remember to drive safe.
Drivers are at the highest risk of being involved in a car accident after the first year of receiving their license. To help fill the gaps in driver experience, the NSC has developed a set of resources, including an “Alive at 25 Parent Program” online training on how to reinforce safe behavior, and a one-hour free webinar for parents on June 13. So whether you’re a teen or the parent of a teen, check out the NSC’s resources and events next week to boost your understanding of the complications that can make summer driving dangerous.
We’ve also developed a few helpful resources for teens and parents. First, it can be helpful to draft a parent-teen safe driving contract that rewards safe behavior and penalizes reckless driving. And consider slipping a copy of our step-by-step list of what to do after a car accident into the driver’s glove box. Though we hope you never have to use it, it’s a great reference to have in case of an emergency.
Have a great Teen Driver Safety Week. And remember to drive safe at all times.
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