Teenagers love the summer months and having time to run around with their friends. It is also the time they need to exercise the most caution.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and those crashes increase during the summer months.
NEWS 92 FM’s Brian Shannon reports on this alarming trend:
Nationwide, an average of 261 teens die in car crashes every month during the summer. Doug Shupe with AAA Texas says riding around with friends contributes to the problem.
“A teen’s fatal crash risk quadruples when carrying three or more passengers under 21,” Shupe said, adding, “It doubles when carrying two passengers, and increases by 44 percent when carrying just one passenger.”
AAA has an award-winning teen driving safety website for families to educate their child, but Shupe says the best thing a parent can do is…
“Lead by example,” he said. “Demonstrate those good driving habits when you are behind the wheel and your teen is in the vehicle.”