This weekend is the start of summer vacation for most Seattle and Eastside area high-schoolers. If you have a teen driver, now is the perfect time to talk to them about the dangers of summer driving. According to AAA, summer months are the deadliest for car crashes involving teen drivers between the ages of 16-19, with the average number of deaths jumping 16% compared to other times of the year, with the newest teens ages 16-17 being three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.
Distracted driving, not wearing seat belts, and speeding are the top three contributors to crashes involving teen drivers. To help keep roads and your teens safer this summer, don’t wait to have the conversation. Talk to them about the dangers of distracted driving, especially using cell phones, talking to their passengers, and looking or paying attention to other things in the vehicle instead of watching the road. Take it a step further and write up a family contract that clearly states the rules and expectations for safe driving. As the parent, also make sure you’re setting a good example and sticking to the rules yourself, and keep in mind that tougher distracted driving laws for Washington State will be going into effect just one month from now, on July 23, 2017.