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How to make sure your teen driver has safe summer fun

On Behalf of | May 31, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Now that summer is here in Illinois, teen drivers will be out in force cruising with friends, driving to their summer jobs and running errands for their parents during the day. This means summer is a great time to review safe driving practices with your teen.

Statistics on teen motor vehicle accidents

The statistics on teen motor vehicle accidents are not pretty. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that car crashes are the second leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. In 2019 alone, approximately 2,400 teens died in motor vehicle accidents. Teen drivers are three times more apt as older drivers to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.

What are the major causes of teen car crashes?

There are numerous causes of teen car crashes. Teens are less experienced behind the wheel than older drivers so they may be unable to react appropriately to dangers on the road and they may be more apt to drive recklessly.

Teen drivers can be distracted by their cellphones and other passengers in their vehicles. Teens who drive at night may be drowsy. Teens also can underestimate the danger of alcohol and drugs. This could lead to impaired driving accidents.

How to help your teen driver stay safe

You can help your teen driver stay safe on the road. First, you can ride with your teen for 30 to 50 hours before letting them drive alone. This practice can help your teen practice better judgment. It is also a good idea to discuss the rules of the road with your teen.

You can make sure your teen driver has a curfew, so they do not drive while drowsy or late at night. This is especially important during the first six months your teen has their driver’s license. You can limit the number of passengers your teen has in their vehicle during this time as well.

Make sure your teen driver is a safe driver

Ultimately, as a parent, you will want to make sure your teen driver is a safe driver. Still, even the safest teen could be struck by another motorist who was driving negligently. You will want to explore all your legal options if your teen is involved in a motor vehicle accident that is not their fault.