Whether you spend it at the lake, an amusement park or in your own backyard, Labor Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the end of summer before the chill of autumn arrives. If you have a teenage driver in your family, you may also breathe a sigh of relief when Labor Day passes.
According to AAA, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for young motorists. Even though the roads around Pittsburg are safer statistically after Labor Day, the risks do not cease altogether. As such, there is never a bad time to coach your teen driver on road safety. Here are some topics you should think about covering.
Speeding is not harmless
Youth carries with it a sense of invincibility. Still, if you want to keep your young driver safe, you cannot turn a blind eye to speed. While the number of fatal car accidents on roadways in the Keystone State is on a general decline, excessive speed still kills. In fact, in 2017, more than 300 individuals died in accidents where speed was a contributing factor.
Distracted driving is dangerous
The teen driver in your family never lived in a pre-smartphone world. While there is nothing inherently wrong with using Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or text messaging, doing so on the road can be extremely dangerous. Because many experts liken smartphone usage to addiction, you must help your young driver develop good habits. Put simply, your teen should stash the phone when he or she climbs behind the wheel.
Inclement weather is on the way
Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer. While icy highways and snowy streets may seem like a distant memory, they will be back sooner than your teen driver may expect. Accordingly, you may want to use September to remind the young one in your life of how to drive in inclement weather. You also likely want to equip your teen driver’s vehicle with a survival kit in case he or she becomes stranded on a treacherous stretch of road.
With Labor Day comes the end of the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. Even though the statistics may be on your young one’s side after the beginning of September, you do not want to leave his or her safety to chance. By encouraging safe driving, you help your teen driver avoid a serious collision.