Although statistics show that overall, the number of deaths due to car crashes has fallen thanks to the new protection equipment installed on cars, June, July and August, still represent a period in which many casualties are registered and what is even more worrisome, is that most of the victims are teenage drivers.
The insurance Institute for Highways Safety released a study according to which summer month are considered to have the highest death toll among teenage drivers and now that summer is actually here, it`s time for you to make sure that your teen driver is as safe as can be while driving.
Once the school year ends, every teenager will want to make the most out of the long, sunny days of vacations and that means driving and hanging out with their friends, but as most of them are just learning how to drive, it is actually very important that you make sure that he is being safe.
You should always make sure that your teen knows how to handle himself behind a wheel and most importantly, he needs to know the difference between life and death that wearing a seatbelt can make. Even if he isn`t the one driving and he`s seating in the back seat, he needs to know how vital it is to wear a seatbelt.
Set a limit for how many friends your teen should have in his car. It`s nice to hang out with friend and environmentally friendly to carpool, but make sure that the whole thing doesn`t turn into a circus car. Too many people in the car can distract the driver`s attention and an accident can easily take place.
Warn your teen not to fiddle with his phone or his smart watch while he is driving. Equally important, is to teach your child that his eyes should always be on the road and that one moment of looking for their wallet which fell next to the passenger`s seat can have disastrous consequences.
Change the oil, check the lights, the tires and the brakes. Or better yet, teach your teen how to do that himself. It is a useful skill to have as an adult and seeing as he is becoming one, the responsibility of maintaining a car should be a part of his driving privileges.
Use the power of example. If you want your teen to drive safely, do that yourself. Always wear a seatbelt and take care of you car.
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