Keep your teen driver safe this summer.
Kids will soon be finishing the spring semester. No more studying, no more tests, at least for the summer. So that means your teen driver will be out on the road more than usual. They'll be driving to jobs, the beach and social events.
The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are usually a fun and busy time for our teens. But summer can also be the most dangerous time of year for teen drivers. The streets are crowded with new drivers. College students are home for the summer and kids are playing outside. Unfortunately, more teen driving fatalities happen in summer than any other time of year.
Share these summer driving tips with your teens...
- Take it slow - Most accidents happen due to excessive speed. Slow down and watch for oncoming cars, children playing and cyclists.
- Allow enough time - Try to avoid rushing to work or to meet friends. Give plenty of time to get where you’re going without speeding.
- Stay focused on driving – Avoid distractions; that text or call can wait until you get where you are going. If you’re looking at the phone, you’re not looking at the road. Nothing is that important!
- Don't forget to buckle up - Seat belts are the #1 life saving device in an accident. Buckle up!
- Don't overload the car – Limit the number of passengers in the car. In California, adhere to passenger restriction law.* For example, if you are a 16-year-old Intermediate Driver, you are not allowed to have any passengers under 20 years old for the first 12 months, except for family members. After legal restrictions, follow the rules your parents set for the number of passengers you are allowed in the vehicle.
- Adhere to nighttime driving restrictions – California has laws* that outline the hours young drivers are allowed to operate a vehicle. For example, if you are a 16 years old Intermediate driver, you are not allowed to drive between 11pm and 5 a.m.
*More details of California’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program and driving restrictions can be found here: www.ghsa.org.
We all hope it doesn't happen, but sometimes accidents do happen. Be sure your teen knows the steps to take, just in case. There are free apps available that can guide them - what to do and not do after an accident and the necessary information to collect. Check with your auto insurance company and ask if they offer a phone app.
Here are tips to prevent accidents.
All of us at Hillside Auto Repair hope your teen driver has a fun, safe summer!