School is out and teens will be driving more. Unfortunately, this means there will likely be more teen driver accidents. According to the National Safety Council, Memorial Day kicks off the summer season, which coincides with the deadliest 100 days for driving teens.
Summer means more kids in teen-driven cars. No school means they stay out later when the risk of crashes increases for all ages. Warmer weather seems to tempt drivers to drive over the speed limit. Finally, because its summer, there are more drivers on the road.
A new study conducted by Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company focused on teenage and parental driving habits. The survey participants included 2,500 teens and 1,000 parents of teens.
The study found, perhaps not surprisingly, that parents are very often poor role models for their teens, especially when it comes to using cellphones while driving. This particular driving behavior accounts for one in four car crashes.
Other findings include the following:
- Fifty-five percent of those parents surveyed say they use apps while driving and 62 percent say they use their phone to check incoming calls or talk while driving, by either using a hands-free device or holding the phone.
- One-third of teens have actually asked their parents to change this behavior.
- Fifty percent of the parents in the study admitted to texting and calling their teens, knowing that the teen is driving, and one-third said they expected a response from their teenager before the teen reaches his or her destination.
Pointers for lowing teen crash risks
Gene Beresin, senior adviser with SADD and executive director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston offers the following pointers for lowing teen crash risks during the summer and throughout the rest of the year.
- Encourage your teen to call you or a cab if he or she becomes fatigued. The study referenced above found that one-third of teens drive while they are drowsy and almost 1 in 10 has fallen asleep at the wheel.
- Before you or your teen start driving, program navigation (with the speaker on) and playlists for music apps.
- Put your cellphone in a place where you can’t reach it.
- Set a different phone ring and text tone for emergencies so that your teen knows he or she must pull over to the side of the road and answer the call or text.
- Teens’ brains are still developing so they are more prone to emotional responses. If they hear a ring or text tone while they are driving, they feel that notification has to be read or listened to immediately.
- Teach your teens that driving and texting is against the law and impress upon them the dangers of distracted driving.
Most of us are attached to our digital communication devices, but resist the urge to use your devices while driving, or calling or texting someone you know is driving.
Please, let’s keep our kids safe out there. Set a good example and teach your teens well.
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Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette