Keep Kids Safe on the Streets

There’s no scarier moment than handing your teen driver the keys for their first solo trip. Watching your kids drive off into the unknown, hoping you’ve taught them enough to keep them safe on the road. Luckily for parents, there are excellent resources available to help teach kids safe driving techniques. Make sure your kids are prepared by taking part in Teen Driver Safety week.

Teen Driver Stats

  • Teen drivers face an increased risk of accident during the first month of getting a license
  • More teen males die in auto crashes than teen females (2 of every 3)
  • 41% of fatal crashes involving teen drivers resulted from intoxication
  • 23% of teens admit to riding with an impaired driver
  • Being awake for 18+ hours has the same effect as a .08% BAC
  • For 16-17 year old drivers, the risk of crashing increases with each additional passenger
  • Over half of teens killed in car crashes were not wearing seatbelts

Teen Driving Safety Checklist

Keep kids safe on the roads. Teach teens safe driving habits, and provide a good example when you’re behind the wheel. These are the top 5 safety tips for teen drivers.

  • teen driver checking mirrorsNo phones. In the state of Georgia, it’s illegal for teen drivers to talk on the phone. It’s illegal for any driver to text while behind the wheel. Teach teens to leave the phone in the glove box, and don’t tempt them by calling to check in before they get home.
  • No passengers. Driving with passengers significantly increases the likelihood of a crash for teen drivers.
  • No speeding. Not only is it dangerous, it limits a driver’s ability to react in unexpected situations.
  • No alcohol. Driving while impaired accounts for 41% of fatal crashes involving teens.
  • Buckle up. Seat belts save lives.

For more information on driving safety and car upkeep, visit Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

Teen Driver Image from Flickr

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