Attorney Charles Boyk Reminds Parents of Summer Driving Dangers

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Summer is a deadly time for teen drivers. Attorney Boyk stresses the importance of establishing rules within your household to ensure your teen driver is safe.

As reported by the National Safety Council, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day mark the deadliest period for teen drivers. With no school or alarm clocks, teens have more time to socialize with friends. During this season that teens cherish, hundreds die due to tragic car accidents.

Many of the car accidents that teens are involved in are preventable. Parents can help to keep their teen drivers safe by establishing proper rules for their household.

5 Reminders for Parents with Teen Drivers:

1. Friends can be fatal – peers are distracting to new drivers. Parents shouldn’t allow their teens to drive or ride with other teens. One passenger increases the risk by 48 percent.
2. Stay off the roads after dark – new drivers cannot properly gauge the complex nighttime driving environment. Many fatal accidents occur before midnight. Parents should require drivers to be off the road by 10 p.m.
3. Seat belts save lives – the importance of wearing seat belts should be stressed by parents of teen drivers.
4. Silence the cell phone – both handheld and hands-free cell phones should be off limits.
5. Experience is critical – parents should drive with teens 30 minutes per week even after they have their licenses.

“It is critical to establish rules for your household. Help ensure that your teens are safe by laying down the law and setting a good example,” stated Attorney Charles Boyk.

For more information on teen driving safety, you can also see tips posted in our blog, or visit the National Safety Council website.

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