Can your teen escape the “100 deadliest days?”

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2022 | Car Accidents

In Connecticut, the “100 deadliest days” refer to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers spike. If you have a teen driver in your household, take extra care on the roads during this season.

Let them understand how motor vehicle accidents can happen

Many teens get into accidents because they think it can’t happen to them. Help your teen understand that accidents happen when people make poor decisions and that anyone can be a victim of an accident, no matter how careful they are.

A large number of motor vehicle accidents occur due to distracted driving. Teens are especially prone to distracted driving because they’re often inexperienced and still learning how to drive, and they may be more likely to take risks.

On top of that, many teens tend to take unnecessary risks, such as over-speeding, just to show off to their friends. Help your teen understand that there’s nothing cool about putting themselves and others in danger.

Set rules and boundaries

You can prevent an accident from occurring if your teen understand the dangers and take precautions. Set clear rules about distracted driving, such as no cell phone use while behind the wheel, and stick to them. You should also set limits on nighttime driving, since this is when many accidents happen.

It’s also important to have a discussion about alcohol and drugs. Remind your teen that drinking and driving is never okay, no matter how little they’ve had to drink. If they’re ever in a situation where they feel like they need to drive after drinking, remind them that you would rather them call you for a ride, no matter what time it is.

If they ever get into an accident, make sure they know what to do. Review with them what to do if they’re involved in a minor fender bender and also what to do if they’re in a more serious accident. It’s also important to review with them what information they need to exchange with the other driver.

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