Protect Your Teens When They Drive This Summer - Page 2
Limit the Number of Passengers, and Time as a Passenger: Teen crash rates increase with each teen passenger in the vehicle. Fatal crash rates for 16- to 19-year-olds increase fivefold when two or more teen passengers are present versus when teens drive alone. Also, riding in a vehicle with a teen driver can be risky for teen passengers. Some states also have laws in place that limit the number of passengers a teen driver can have. Parents should set firm rules against driving with teen passengers and restrict their teens from riding as a passenger with a teen driver.
Restrict Night Driving: A teen driver’s chances of being involved in a deadly crash doubles when driving at night. Many parents rightly limit driving during the highest-risk late night hours, yet they should limit evening driving as well, as more than half of nighttime crashes occur between 9 p.m. and midnight. AAA recommends that newly-licensed teens not drive after 9 or 10 p.m. unless accompanied by a responsible adult. Some states require that teens be accompanied by an adult when driving during these hours. If unfamiliar with your state's laws, take the time to learn them with your teen.