Sunday 21 Oct 2018

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NCDOT Urges Teen Driving Safety

As back to school season approaches, the time is now to educate teen drivers about the dangers of risky situations on our roadways such as speeding and nighttime driving.

The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is called the 100 Deadliest Days due to the significant increase in crashes involving teen drivers over the summer. Thirty-six percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involving teens occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Parents can set an early evening restriction at sundown for their teen’s unsupervised driving when they first get a license, and then gradually expand the time as they gain experience.

Speeding is another major contributor to fatalities involving teen drivers. Teenagers who are monitored closely tend to speed less, so parents are encouraged to get involved as their teenager learns to drive and to be a good role model by not speeding.

Distracted driving due to things like cell phones, other passengers and music also contribute to dangerous teen driving. Restrictions on who can be in the vehicle and apps that prevent texting while driving can be helpful.

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