Teens Experience More Car Crashes in the Summer

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http://ntsi.com/ | Teenage drivers are at a higher risk of an auto accident during the summer than in any other season. More time spent on the road and late nights out contribute to more teen crashes. An online or in-classroom traffic school program can help teens stay safe on the road.

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Teens And Summer t im e Driving Know The Facts

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D o n ’ t Make Dad Worry! Su mmer t i me for t e e ns m e a ns l onger d a y s a n d e v en l onger n i gh t s . W h i l e most t e e n a ge r s just w a n t t o m a k e t he most of sum m er, par e nt s must b e a w are t h a t t h e i r t e e n’s i ncr e a s ed dr i v i ng t i me m e a ns more d i s t rac t i ons a n d more ac c i den t s . H ere are t he fac t s a n d w a y s t o k e ep you r t e en dr i v er s afe t h i s su m mer.

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Incr e ase d Driv e Time T e e n s av e rage 44% m ore hours dr i v i ng i n the sum m er than when schoo l ’s i n s e s s i on . 1 L i m i t your teen’s re c reat i onal dr i v i n g t i me by d i scourag i ng “ c ru i s i ng around town” as a s u m m er a c t i vit y. H a v e your teen ha v e a p la n an d a spe c i f i c dest i na t i on i n m i nd.

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“Pilin g - In” N e arl y a q u art e r o f teen dr i ver s a re m ore l i kely to ha v e 3 or more pas s e ng e rs dur i ng summer, com pare d to 6% d ur i ng the schoo l year . 1 En c ourage y o ur t een dr i v er to meet up w i th the i r fr i ends a t a spec i f i c locat i on, i nst ead of al l dr i vin g together. T h i s w i l l dec r ea s e d i stra c t i ons an d m a ke for a s a fer d r i v e.

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Late Night Driving N e arl y half o f teen dr i ver s sa y they dr i v e late at n i ght dur i ng summer , compared to a mere 6% that sa y they d o dur i ng the schoo l year . 1 Desp i te not ha v in g class i n the morn i ng, ha v e your teen st i ck to a c urfew to a v o i d la t e n i g h t dr i v in g .

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Drivin g While Sle e py Almos t a q u art e r of t e en dr i ver s s a y they are more l i kely to d r i v e f at i gued dur i ng summer, com pare d to 9% d ur i ng the schoo l year . 1 En c ourage you r teen to spen d the n i ght a t the i r fr i end’s hou s e i f i t st a rts to get lat e, or s et a t i me and go p i ck them up.

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Drun k Dri v ing 2 8 peop l e d i e i n Amer i ca every da y i n drun k dr i v i ng relat e d acc i dents. 2 Be s i de s ha v in g a str i ct rule on no alcoho l before a g e 21 , encourage y our teen an d the i r fr i ends to hang out i n one lo c at i on, i nstead of “ party hopp i ng . ”

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And U s e The s e Summe r time Tips: H a v e an “empty b ackseat” rule – me a n i ng only one pas s enger i s allowed. Know t he s i gns of fat i gue – NE V E R dr i v e wh e n t i red. D i scoura g e long road tr i ps , or ha v e a n older f a m i l y member dr i v e, suc h a s a n older s i bling. Ha v e par e nts take turns host i ng s u mmer a c t i vi t ie s and sleepo v ers to a v o i d la t e n i ght dr i v i n g .

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Family Rule: Ever y summ er beg i ns w i th a defe n s i v e dr i v i ng program . Here’s why: Learn abou t d i stracted dr i v in g an d how t o a v o i d it R e focus on pe r sonal accountab i l i t y a s a dr i v er Remember l i f e -sa v ing techn i que s forgo t ten dur i ng the s c hool year

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Contac t Us Nat i onal T raff i c S a fety I nst i tu te (N T SI ) has bee n pro v i d i n g lead i ng traf f i c s a fety educat i onal ser v i ces for al m ost half a century. Focus i ng on p ersonal accountab i l it y and b e ha v i or mod i f i c a t i ons, N T S I has tra i ned m i l l ion s of d r i v ers. For m ore i nforma tio n on defens iv e dr i vin g or how N T SI can help y ou, pleas e contact them at: w w w . N T SI. c om (8 6 6 ) 3 4 6 - 3283

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