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It’s an exciting time for your teen—school is out, and the summer fun and road trips with friends have started. However, as with any season, young drivers need to understand the risks and dangers on the road.

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers ages 15 to 18 years old, according to the National Safety Council. The top dangers for teens while driving include intoxication, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding, and extra passengers.

We’ve compiled a list of safety tips. We encourage you to talk to your teen openly and frequently about staying safe on the road.

  • Educate your teen to never drink and drive. Even though underage drinking is illegal, they may feel pressured to drink with friends.
  • Many teens (and adults, for that matter) are less aware of the dangers of drowsy driving. Late nights can make your teen sleep deprived, and they may not notice. Make sure they know what to do to get home safely.
  • Have a conversation with your son or daughter about the dangers of distracted driving. Encourage them to put their phone on silent or in the glove compartment while driving so they are not tempted to call or text while operating a vehicle.
  • Look into educational programs that your local high school may offer to provide your child with a more immersive education on this risk. Arbella’s Distractology program shows teens the dangers of distracted driving using vehicle simulators and visits high schools around the state throughout the year.
  • Remind your teen that seat belts save lives.
  • Be a strong role model by wearing your seatbelt and not using your cell phone while driving with your child.
  • Be aware of state laws for teen drivers, and make sure they know them as well. It is often illegal for them to be driving late at night or with too many friends in their car.

Have a happy and safe summer!

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