January is Teen Driving Awareness Month. It is natural for parents to feel nervous about letting their teenagers drive because young and experienced drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident. Fortunately, these tips can help teen drivers stay safe while they are behind the wheel:
Encourage Seat Belt Wearing
Despite the fact that buckling up helps save lives, many people refuse to do it. It is estimated that six out of 10 drivers, ages 16 to 20, who were involved in an accident in 2011 did not wear a seat belt. That is why you will need to talk to your teen driver about why it is important to wear a seat belt.
Restrict Driving Times
Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident at night or during the early morning hours. In fact, 16 percent of fatal car accidents involving teenage drivers occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. 24 percent of fatal accidents occur between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.
When most teens get their license, they are eager to take their friends for a spin. However, teens who drive with friends are at a greater risk for being involved in an accident. In fact, studies have shown that teenage drivers who have three or more people in the car with them are four times more likely to get into an accident. Passengers can be a distraction for a novice driver.