The 4th of July is called “Christmas in July” for a reason. It’s a time of celebration where friends and family get together for cookouts, pool parties, beverages and fireworks that light up the night sky. It can also be a chaotic time where unfortunate accidents occur. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July 4th is the most dangerous travel day of the year for motorists. Between 2004 and 2008, there was an average of 148 car accident fatalities on the 4th of July. One of the largest demographics affected by these terrible accidents are teen drivers. There are several safety tips that parents and teenagers need to remember in order to make the 4th of July a safer experience for motorists everywhere.
Teen driver safety begins with the teenaged driver behind the wheel.
They need to take the necessary precautions to make sure they are operating their vehicle to the best of their abilities. There should be no texting or reading texts while driving. Talking on the phone for long periods of time while driving can also be extremely dangerous. Other distractions that affect teen driver safety include putting on makeup, eating, and talking to passengers so much that it affects the driver’s concentration. If you want to watch fireworks, then safely pullover to a spot where you can view them without driving distracted.
Teen drivers also need to obey traffic laws such as stop lights, speed limits, and making proper turn signals before changing lanes. Drag racing down a road strip might sound like fun, but it can also get you and others killed. If teenagers make the ill-advised decision to partake in underage drinking, then they need to have a designated driver or take a taxi service. Under absolutely no circumstances should you drive while intoxicated. For more information on teen driver safety, please contact the professional attorneys of Brave Law Firm. We can help if you or your teenager has been involved in an auto injury accident!