Tennessee has been easing statewide COVID-19 restrictions as we transition into summer. Those who have stayed home for the last few months in compliance with social distancing guidelines may be eager to get out and engage in recreational activities.
For teen drivers, we are already in the midst of the 100 deadliest days, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend. According to AAA, teen drivers may be more likely to travel this summer due to organized activities being canceled and lack of summer jobs. At the same time, they are more likely to be involved in crashes than most other drivers due to their driving inexperience.
Car accident risks among teen drivers
According to the latest AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index, more than 70 percent of drivers ages 16-18 they surveyed admitted to engaging in the following risky driving behaviors within the last 30 days:
- Traveling at 10 mph over the posted speed limit in residential neighborhoods (47%)
- Traveling 15 mph over the posted speed limit on a highway (40%)
- Texting and driving (35%)
- Running a red light (32%)
- Engaging in aggressive driving (31%)
- Driving while drowsy (25%)
- Not wearing a seatbelt while driving (17%)
How parents can help prevent crashes involving teen drivers
Jennifer Ryan is the Director of State Relations for AAA. She explains why parents must have a discussion with teens about driving safety.
“Parents remain the best line of defense to keep everyone safe behind the wheel,” said Ryan. “It’s never too soon to educate teens on the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, and the impairing effects of alcohol and marijuana. But actions speak louder than words. Remember to model good behavior because your teen won’t take your advice seriously if you don’t follow it yourself.”
To help prevent crashes, AAA offers the following suggestions:
- Have a discussion about risky driving habits, such as speeding, texting and driving, and driving while impaired.
- Lead by example by not engaging in risky behavior.
- Establish rules for teen drivers through a parent-teen driving agreement.
- Practice safe and supervised driving practice for at least 50 hours.
For more information on how parents can help teen drivers develop safe habits on the road, AAA has released Coaching Your New Driver – An In-Car Guide for Parents, which can be downloaded here.
What to do if you or a loved one was injured in a crash
Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash, speak to an experienced Nashville car accident attorney to learn about the legal rights available to you.
The legal team at Thompson Law is dedicated to fighting on behalf of crash victims and their families. We know how a single crash can have an impact on your life. So, we'll work tirelessly to help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact us to schedule your free and confidential case consultation or call our Nashville office at (615) 832-2335.