Protect Your Teen During the “100 Deadliest Days”
Summertime is considered the most dangerous time for teen drivers. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has dubbed the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the "100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers. During these summer months, teens are on the road in higher numbers, and the rate of teen accidents correspondingly soars. It is anticipated that ten teen accidents will occur every day during the 100 Deadliest Days, a 16 percent increase over school time accidents.
At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys understand how terrifying it is to allow your teen driver behind the wheel those first few times. Having a teen is challenging, and preparing your son or daughter to be a safe driver is one of our most difficult tasks you may face as a parent. We, like many of you, are frightened by the increasing rates of teen driving accidents and want to do all we can to ensure your teens stay safe this summer.
Safe Driving Tips for Your Teen Driver
There are several steps you can take to encourage your teen driver to operate the motor vehicle in a safe manner at all times. DMV.org offers several safety tips for teen drivers, including:
- Never use your cell phone: Driving while talking on your cell phone is the equivalent of driving while drunk. It is extremely distracting, even when you use a hands-free device. Inform your teen that it is illegal in Georgia for him or her to use a cell phone while driving and caution your teen as to the potential penalties for breaking this law.
- Do not text and drive: Texting while driving is one of the single most dangerous things you can do. Texting pulls your eyes, attention, and hands from the road for a critical period during which you can easily cause an accident. Make sure your teen understands that texting while driving, even when stopped, is illegal.
- Drive solo: Adding teen passengers can more than double a teen's risk of an accident. Do not allow your teen to drive friends around. Alternatively, parents, as experienced drivers, should ride with their teens to monitor their driving.
- Minimize distractions: Instruct your teen to pre-set their radio and GPS, eat or drink before leaving, and get a good night sleep before setting off on the road. These distractions can all result in serious accidents.
- Enroll your teen in a defensive driver course: Driving is a complicated task, and it can benefit new teen drivers to take a defensive driver or another safety related course. The course can inform your teen as to important safety steps, such as maintaining a safe following distance.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured in a distracted driving or another type of car accident, the Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 35 years, our firm has assisted thousands of individuals injured in car and other traffic accidents across the State of Georgia.
No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.