The beginning of summer calls to mind sunny beaches, family picnics and fun in the Indiana sun. You may be going to a local lake or one that is farther away, for a get-together with family or friends. However, you may want to be aware of this time of relaxation when it comes to car crashes and accidents, especially for the teen members of your family.
This time of year, according to safety groups, is the deadliest for accidents. Teens may be especially affected as well as others of all age groups. Statistics show that for every 100,000 Americans under the age of 21, 1.2 people died in drunk driving fatalities in 2015.
Leading cause of death for teens
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for those in their teens. They have the highest crash rate. It is not just those who are driving; passengers in their cars may also die or receive injuries.
Driving drugged or drunk
Those teens arrested for drunk or drugged driving have a chance of a ruined future. Affected can be their chances for a good college or substantial job. Insurance may increase as well.
Parents should be aware that serving alcohol to partying teens is not a good choice. Teens should receive encouragement to always drive sober, without distractions, such as cell phones, in preventing motor vehicle accidents.
Teens should be especially aware of their power to say “no” when a drunk friend is about to drive them somewhere. They can decline a ride as well as discourage their friend from getting behind the wheel.
Young drivers underestimate danger
Younger motorists have more of a chance of seeing less of a danger. Their teen enthusiasm may make them forget about speed limits. They can underestimate a flat tire and not know what to do when it happens.
Teens are at higher risk for motor vehicle accidents during the relaxing days of summer. You may want to encourage them to not relax behind the wheel, however, as they enjoy summer fun.