The arrival of spring is upon us, and with it comes spring break and prom. While these typically fun and carefree events seem like a rite of passage for teens, it can also be a dangerous time. Sadly, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 16-24.
Moreover, statistics show that 16- and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger.
We want our teens to enjoy themselves, but it is always important to keep safety in mind at all times. Here are some tips to keep your young driver safe:
Always buckle up – It’s the law, and more importantly, it truly can save lives in the event of an accident.
Eliminate distractions while driving – Do not change the radio station, put on makeup, or allow passengers to make the driver lose his or her focus on the road.
Do not talk on the cellphone (hand-held or hands-free) or text while driving – Laws vary from state to state, but for young drivers it is recommended to avoid their phone completely while driving. Better yet, put the phone in the back of the car so there won’t be temptation!
Drive defensively – Always be alert while driving and anticipate potentially dangerous situations to better avoid accidents.
Drive slowly – This is especially important in inclement weather. It may seem obvious to take it easy when driving in snow, ice, and torrential downpours, but most young drivers don’t know that roads are slickest immediately after it starts raining because the rain mixes with the oil on the surface of the road.
Go for a tune-up – Make sure the car is in good working order before students drive to their spring break destination in order to avoid being stranded on the side of the road.
Did you know that Madison Mutual offers discounts to safe drivers and students with good grades? Call us at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com to find out more!