Teens are heading to prom, they’re fitting their graduation caps and gowns and they’re gearing up for summer break. While teenagers across the state look forward to this exciting time of the year, many fail to consider safe driving habits and the risks for car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere. According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) is stepping in to help promote teen driving safety at this critical time of the year.
It’s during this time of the year that teens are at the highest risks for car accidents. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 15- and 20-years-old. As GHSA observed an increase in the number of these fatalities during the second half of 2011, experts are predicting a deadly season for these young drivers and parents and educators are urged to step in, discuss the importance of safe driving habits and help to save young lives during this exciting time of the year.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that teens will be heading out to proms, graduation parties and ultimately out for some summer fun. Before all of these festivities kick off, parents are asked to sit down and talk with the teens in their family to discuss the importance of safe driving. Talk about distracted driving and the risks that accompany this dangerous habit. Teen drivers are approximately three times as likely to be involved in a distraction-related car accident as any other age group of drivers. Talk with them about the importance of not drinking and driving.
“This a time of year when many teens request, and parents provide, expanded driving privileges,” said Jim Graham with the Ford Driving Skills for Life program.
Parents are asked to stay strict and stick to their rules. Teen driving times should be limited, especially during evening hours. It’s during this time that teens are most likely to get into automobile accidents.
Every year, there are roughly 3,000 teens killed in car accidents across the nation. Don’t let your child become a statistic.
To help supplement parents’ and guardians’ efforts to push these safe driving habits, the Ford Driving Skills for Life Program will be reaching out to teen drivers throughout the country. Through this effort, these teens will be instructed and taught by some of the nation’s top professional drivers and instructors. The programs are free and provide a hands-on experience.
Targets of the DSFL program:
Driving is a privilege, not a right. Remind teens to be safe behind the wheel during every drive. Talking with them about safe driving habits may just be enough to save a life. Parents continue to be among the most influential people in a teen’s life.
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