Drive Smart Georgia offers summer driving tips for teen drivers
Summer can be such a blast for young people; however, it can also be such a crash! For many new and inexperienced teen drivers, it will be the first time they are on the roads by themselves. More importantly, it may be the first time they are on the road with other young people in the car with them.
The 100 deadliest days of the year for teens begins next month. It is no joke, it is no laughing matter, and it’s the honest truth! Some parents are confident and ready for their teens to drive on their own. Many have high concerns that their new driver is still a little shaky and inexperienced to make wise driving decisions.
If this is the case, you may need to consider a couple of options. First, does your child need more in-car lessons with a professional? You may say, “These lessons are not inexpensive!” Very true; however, if you spent an extra $300.00 dollars and saved your teen’s life, would you even think twice about the added expense? No. Is this a plug to encourage you to buy more lessons from Drive Smart Georgia? Absolutely not! This is straight talk, parents!
Below are a few summer driving tips for teen drivers and their concerned parents.
- More time behind the wheel – Teen drivers average 44% more hours behind the wheel each week during the summer (23.6 hours) than during the school year (16.4 hours). Do not hesitate to limit their driving until you as a parent are comfortable with cutting them loose.
- “Piling In” – 23% of teen drivers are more likely to drive with three or more teens in the car in the summer, compared to 6% who are more likely to do so during the school year. This sky rockets the chance of your young person having an accident by more than 40% with just one passenger being in the car with them. There is nothing wrong with extending the 6-month law that enforces a Georgia teen driver cannot have anyone in the car until six months have passed.
- Put Down the Phone – 16% of all teen drivers involved in fatal crashes are distracted. Texting or talking on the phone – combined with the inexperience of a new driver is a recipe for disaster. Set the ground rules early about using phones in the car. The Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports have put together a distracted driving pamphlet outlining six steps parents can take. Download the brochure here and share it with your teen driver.
- Later Nights – 72% of all teens report that they stay out later during the summer than during the school year. Additionally, 47% of teen drivers are more likely to drive late at night during the summer, compared to 6% who are more likely to drive late at night during the school year. Again, just because they are eligible to stay out late at night does not mean they have to!
- Heavy Eyelids – 24% of teen drivers are more likely to drive when tired or sleepy during the summer, compared to 9% who are more likely to drive fatigued during the school year. Make sure your teen is well-rested before getting behind the wheel this summer.
Think hard and drive smart during the 100 Deadliest Days for teens!