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If you’re the parent of a teen driver, the American Automobile Association has a warning for you: seventy percent of the top-ten deadliest days for teen drivers occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
A study of accident data from 2005 to 2009 shows that the summer months of June, July and August yielded an average of 422 teen fatalities per month, compared to an average of 363 teen deaths per month during non-summer months. The AAA attributes the spike to a combination of driver inexperience and more teens on the road at night during summer months.
Despite restrictions on nighttime driving or the number of passengers permitted under graduated driver licensing laws, the AAA suggests that teen drivers can still benefit from parental advice. The AAA offered these tips for parents of teen drivers:
To this list, we’d add a “Sign your new driver up for a teen-centered driving school, such as Tire Rack’s Street Survival program.” These schools are held coast-to-coast, are reasonably priced and teach new drivers how to cope with real-life driving situations in a controlled environment. That certainly beats learning on your own in a deserted parking lot, or on a black-ice coated city street.