We’re in the 100 Deadliest Days

We are officially in what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days”. Yikes! The 100 deadliest days are the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and are statistically more deadly for teen drivers. According to AAA, more than 30% of deaths involving teen drivers occur during this time period! 

So what do we do about it? At OFFICIAL Driving School we believe the best thing we can all do to help our teen drivers is to have open and honest discussions with them to reinforce safety actions and habits. We reinforce safe driving values in the classroom, behind the wheel, and we encourage you as parent/guardian to do so at home as well. Some of these are more obvious than others, like wearing a seatbelt or going the speed limit, but here are 3 things you can talk about with your student driver:

  • Driving with distractions – It’s super dangerous to be handling the phone while driving. Have them make a playlist for their music so they can set it and forget it before they get on the road. If they need to text or call someone, talk about the importance of pulling over to a safe place to do instead of handling a phone/text conversation while on the road.
  • Talk to your student about bringing their “A-game” when driving at night. Due to low visibility, driving at night is inherently more dangerous. Also, since it’s night time, the driver has probably been up all day and is more susceptible to fatigue. If they feel drowsy, then have them stay somewhere safe and at least take a nap! Lastly, the risk of sharing the road with potentially impaired drivers goes way up at night too, so all the more reason to be extra alert at night. 
  • The risk of teens being involved in a crash goes up exponentially the more people they have in the car with them – limit them to having one other person you trust to be responsible in the car with them. 

Leading by example is the most impactful way to solidify these safety values in your teen driver. They will take these discussions much more seriously if they see you abiding by your own rules!