Safety Tips for Your Teen Drivers This Summer

Posted by  //  June 19, 2016  //  Allstate, Articles

Allstate Offers Tips for Creating Safe Driving Habits this Summer, the Most Dangerous Driving Seasons for Young Drivers

While it’s always important for teens to keep safety behind the wheel in mind, Allstate reminds local motorists that summer is the deadliest season on the road.

“Car crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans between 11 and 27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group,” said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York spokesperson. “As we near the end of the school year and look forward to summer, it’s important to remember that simple actions like buckling up, slowing down and limiting the number of friends and distractions in the car can help save lives.”

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

  • Nearly 50 percent of teen drivers and 61 percent of teen passengers in fatal car crashes were not wearing a seat belt.

  • Speeding is a factor in one out of every three teen fatal accidents.

  • For teens, adding one teen passenger to a car increases their fatal car crash risk by 44 percent and that risk grows exponentially as more teen passengers are added – The risk doubles with two teen passengers and quadruples with three or more young passengers.

To help encourage safe driving behaviors for your family, Allstate and The Insurance Information Institute offer the following tips:

  • Enroll Your Teen in a Drivers’ Education Course: The more driving practice the better; experience will give your teen confidence behind the wheel, and he or she will be better able to react to challenging situations on the road.

  • Understand the Dangers of Distracted and Impaired Driving: Distracted driving is attributed to about 26 percent of all car collisions. With studies showing drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, texting while driving is the equivalent to driving while impaired by alcohol.

Talk to your teen about the importance of never phoning or texting while driving, and keeping distractions, such as the radio and chatting with friends to a minimum. Teens should also be responsible passengers when in their friends’ cars. Simple ways to limit distraction include:

  • Put your cell phone and other mobile devices out of reach to eliminate the desire to check them while driving.

  • Plan ahead by inputting navigation directions and sending messages before leaving for your destination.

  • Use caution when choosing to listen to loud music or engage with other passengers in your vehicle, which are often unintended distractions.

  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel and don’t try to multi-task with other common distractions like eating or applying makeup.

  • Discuss the Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Use: Advise teens never to drink or do drugs, and not to get in a car if the driver has used drugs or alcohol. Encourage your teen to call you if such a situation arises to ensure they have a safe way home.

  • Be a Good Role Model: New drivers learn by example, so if you drive recklessly, your teenage driver may imitate you. Always wear your seatbelt and never drink and drive.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “2013 Quick Facts”

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Beginning Teen Drivers

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2012 Teen Fatality Facts

For More information and a new quote please call Shirley Eizember, Pinckney Insurance Agency, 41 Port Watson St, Cortland New York. 607-756-8505

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

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