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Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

AAA tips, tools, and resources help protect teen drivers in summer, one of the most dangerous times of the year for them.


SAFETY FIRST FOR TEEN DRIVERS Summertime . . . fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high, and young folks are ready to spread their wings, relax, and enjoy good times with friends. And they’re in the most dangerous time of year for teenage drivers.

Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, with the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day most deadly for drivers ages 15 to 20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Now is a good time to talk with your teen about safety.

Tips, Tools, Resources

  • Use our AAA Parent-Teen Driving Agreement to create year-round ground rules.
  • Order AAA Driver-ZED. This interactive DVD helps teens learn to avoid hazards.
  • Review the 10 deadly teen driver mistakes and tips on how to avoid them, including:

Cell Phones: Focus on driving. Save phone calls and texting for after the driving is done.
Unbuckled Belts: Use a seat belt and insist that all of your passengers do too. You will reduce your chances of being hurt in a crash by 50 percent and of being killed by 45 percent.
Speeding: Obey speed limits. One-third of teen crash fatalities involve speeding.
Rowdy Passengers: Don’t load up the car with friends. Adding one teen passenger to a vehicle doubles a 16- or 17-year-old driver’s crash risk, and adding two or more bumps it up to five times its normal level.

This article was published in July 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.