Summer Increases Risky Behavior in Teens

640px-Texting_while_Driving_(March_28,_2013)Now that school has ended and summertime is in full force, Pennsylvania teenagers are focused on planning fun and taking advantage of the lazy days of summer. With nothing but free time, teens often fill up their schedules with employment and social activities. However, it is vital for parents to revisit even the most basic of safe driving concepts with their teens in order to reduce the risk of potentially serious or even tragic Pennsylvania car accidents.

Deadliest 100 Days of the Year

AAA refers to the days between Memorial Day and when the kids go back to school “the deadliest 100 days of the year” in terms of car accidents. Many lives are affected by summertime car crashes. In fact, statistics have proven that car accidents are more prevalent in the summer, with the average deaths each day exceeding ten during this period of time. More than 1,000 deaths resulted from crashes that involving teenagers across the country over the past five summers.

Distracted Driving and Teens

Teen drivers are often caught up in distracting behavior while driving such as texting with friends and family to talking on their cell phones. Research of the cell phone activity of teenagers has revealed over and over again that these young adults are addicted to their mobile devices. The Pew Research Center reported that more than half of teens go online several times a day. Their study finds that “most of this frenzy of access is facilitated by mobile devices,” as nearly three-quarters of teens have or have access to a smartphone.

Creating Life-Saving Family Rules

Unfortunately, this frenzy of mobile activity has impacted the realm of vehicles and driving. What teenagers need to understand is that a drivers who text increase their risk of an accident by 23 times. Parents should inform their children of texting while driving laws and the statistics that have led to these laws. Every family with a teen driver should have rules in place about texting and talking on the phone while driving before the teens start spending more time on the road during summer break.

No Parent Wants to Deal With Tragedy

No parent wants to have their child be injured or killed in a distracted driving car accident. Nor does any parent want to have to console a teenager who has injured or killed another person while texting or chatting on the phone while driving. Parents can be held liable for damages that their teenage driver causes.  

Distracted driving is unnecessary and avoidable. Please do your part and remember to keep your teens educated and informed about distracted driving. Keep in mind that Solnick & Associates, LLC is just a phone call away at (877) 415-6495 if you or someone you love is injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver this summer.

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