Summertime brings many more teen drivers on Georgia roads, and with more teen drivers comes a higher risk of traffic accidents. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the deadliest time of year for teen drivers ages 15 to 20-years-old is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The GHSA encourages parents to take charge in keeping their teen drivers safe this summer and have provided some useful tips to promote teen driving safety:
- Remind your teen of the importance of properly fastening their seat belt. According to statistics, teenagers are the least likely to wear their seat belt, even though doing so has been proven effective in preventing car crash fatalities in Georgia.
- Even if your teen knows the law, make sure they understand that they should never drink and drive, or get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking.
- Make sure your teenager properly schedules their time so that they do not feel the need to rush and speed to a summer activity or destination. They need to understand the dangers of speeding in Georgia.
- Always remind your teen driver to avoid distractions like loud music, turning around to talk to passengers, texting, or any other situation that takes their eyes off the road.
- Drive any unfamiliar routes with your teenager to ensure that they know where they are going and feel comfortable driving there.
- Less is more when it comes to passengers. Limit the number of teen passengers your child may take with them on any drive.
- Implement a curfew for your teen driver to abide by, so they know when you expect them to walk in the front door. It is essential that teenagers understand that this curfew is not negotiable.
- Always make sure to drive safely yourself so that you may set a good example for your teen driver.
These safety tips will go a long way in helping to prevent motor vehicle accidents in Georgia, not only for teenage drivers, but for adults as well. It is the responsibility of each and every driver to practice lawful and safe driving whenever they get behind the wheel. Most motorists do, but there some who do not.
Drivers who are reckless, careless, or negligent in their driving and cause a car accident may be held liable for any and all injuries that resulted from the accident. At The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our dedicated Atlanta motor vehicle accident lawyers can help you recover the compensation you deserve for any accident-related losses you have suffered. Contact us today at 404-995-3955 or 866-249-5513 for a consultation.