Memorial Day is fast approaching, which means many Tennessee residents will enjoy backyard barbecues with family and friends. However, that day also marks the unofficial start of the 100 deadliest days of summer. This is what that means for teens.
Understanding the 100 deadliest days of summer
The 100 deadliest days of summer span from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This is the time when teens are out of school and have plenty of free time. Some begin learning how to drive at this time while many others get their license.
Teens frequently hit the road during the summer for day trips with friends. Often, they don’t have their parents to supervise them as they venture out on drives on their own. Sadly, the 100 deadliest days of summer are also when more car accidents are likely to happen. Kids can suffer serious injuries or even be killed in those accidents.
Keeping your teen safe when they drive
One way you can keep your teen safer when they drive this summer is to ensure that Do Not Disturb mode is enabled on their phone when they plan to take out the car. It prevents notifications and calls from coming through and prevents distracted driving.
Instill responsible, safe driving behaviors in your teen. Teach them early on to watch their speed and stay within the legal limit. Always stress the importance of wearing a seatbelt and using proper signals. Make sure your teen obeys all the road rules and traffic signs.
Limit your child’s nighttime driving until they gain more experience. Teach them about the dangers of driving in wet weather; they should understand that they should slow down in the rain and give extra space between their vehicle and the one ahead.