As a parent, you probably worry a little every time your teenager gets behind the wheel. After all, teens are all inexperienced drivers with a lot to learn about navigating the roads of Southern California.
However, the summer months can be particularly fraught with danger. In fact, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” for teenage drivers.
What enhances the risk of a wreck in the summer?
In general, there’s a spike in car accidents every summer among drivers of all ages. This happens simply because there are more people on the road, whether they’re heading out to the various events being held in their area, traveling on vacation or taking advantage of the good weather to just explore.
Teens, however, are a whopping 15% more likely to crash in summer than at any other time of the year. Why? Several reasons come to mind:
- Teens usually have a lot of free time in the summer. Because they may be inclined to get out more, they’re not just driving for practical reasons.
- Teens are less experienced drivers than others. That alone makes them more likely to get into a wreck — whether they cause one or simply don’t react fast enough to evade a problem on the road.
- Teens are more likely to get distracted behind the wheel. This is especially true if they pick up friends for a road trip since their buddies have the same amount of free time they do.
Added driving time, plus inexperience behind the wheel and factoring in all the distractions equals a deadly combination.
What can you do to make your teen safer?
Get out there and help your teen get more experience behind the wheel (under supervision) before you let them take the keys to the car this summer. The added experience will serve them well. Also, don’t be afraid to put limits on who they can have in the car with them at any given time.
If your teen gets into an accident, however, there’s no reason to assume it’s their fault. Plenty of older drivers make mistakes in the summer, as well. Anybody who suffers an injury in a wreck is well-advised to speak with an attorney about their situation right away.