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Teens and summer car accidents

School is out and teenagers in Florida have more time to drive. Although there is more traffic on the roads during this time of year and there are graduated driving laws in effect, teens are the one group of drivers who are at great risk for motor vehicle accidents and injury.

The Insurance Information Institute states that “motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds.” From 1996 to 2010, the fatality rate for motorists who were 19 years old dropped by 47 percent, for 18-year-olds it dropped 52 percent, for 17-year-olds it declined by 59 percent and for 16-year-old drivers it declined by 68 percent.

According to Car Insurance Guidebook, the amount of teenage summertime car accidents can be reduced in several ways. Young drivers should spend more time driving without their friends and passengers in the car. Teens should avoid using their cellphones and electronic devices while they are behind the wheel. Adequate driving experience is required for driving at night so parents should restrict their teen’s night-time driving privileges and monitor their driving behavior at all times. When compared to drivers from older age groups, young motorists who are 15 to 20 years old are three times as likely to be involved in car accidents during the summer season because they are driving more, they have a tendency to become engaged in distracted driving and they lack driving experience.

Teens should practice good driving habits and avoid distractions to make the roads a safer place during the summer season for themselves and other motorists.

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