With the summer months now upon us, we can expect to see more teenagers out driving on the roadways. With school out, teenagers have more free time, are less supervised, and don’t strictly abide by curfew. Unfortunately, along with this freedom, also comes a heightened risk of accidents, including fatal car accidents.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in teenagers across the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for drivers aged 15-20.
In order to keep teenagers safe through the summer months, it is important for parents to continuously coach and educate their children on driving, especially during the first year. Driver inexperience is the most common cause of motor accident vehicles in teenagers.
A new program from the National Safety Council called DriveitHOME, would like to encourage parents to stay involved by offering some tips on how to continue helping a newly licensed teen:
If you have a newly licensed teenager, try to drive 30 minutes each week together.
Sign up to receive weekly practice tips and suggestions via e-mail and discuss and sign a parent-teen agreement.
Practice specific skills and provide feedback to your teen in the following areas:
- Scanning the road ahead to recognize and respond to hazards
Controlling speed, stopping, turning and following distance
Managing the highest risks, such as night driving and with young passengers
The State of Colorado has their own laws and restrictions when it comes to teenagers receiving their driver’s licenses.
The first six months after receiving a license, no passengers under the age of 21, unless a parent or other licensed adult driver is present in the car
The second six months only one passenger under the age of 21 is allowed in the car
By law, all teen drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt
Teens, under the age of 18, are not allowed to use a cell phone while driving, teens will be fined and may risk loosing their license
By being involved in your teenagers driving life and reviewing tips and laws together, you can help lessen their risk of a deadly Denver car accident.
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