Memorial Day Kicks Off ‘100 Deadliest Days’ on Florida Roadways

florida driver trainingSchool is almost out! And with that, teens are taking advantage of the break from studies to take their Drug and Alcohol course and permit exam. It is a great time to get started on driving practice. There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of the extra time off and summer sunshine to practice new driving skills. However, summer isn’t quite as carefree as it seems. There are more fatal accidents during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of the year. All drivers, especially new drivers, should take extra care to drive defensively this summer.

If you are a parent, consider setting important driving guidelines for your teens. To set expectations, you and your teen can sign a parent/teen agreement to lay out any consequences for violating rules. This sample agreement and other helpful parent resources are available on our website.

If your teen is planning to practice behind the wheel this summer, help them to focus on basic driving techniques and good driving habits:

  • Buckle up for safety.
  • Practice driving in different weather conditions, and times of day: sunny and rainy driving conditions as well as some practice driving after dark. For more tips on driving in wet weather, check out our blog post Spring Has Sprung – Drive Safe in those April Showers.
  • Hazard recognition is important. Keep your eyes on the road and practice scanning ahead to prepare for upcoming hazards such as animals crossing the road, potholes, construction zones and more.

And remember, teens often look to their parents or guardians for examples and will pick up on any of your own bad driving habits. Set a good example by turning off or silencing the ringer on your phone, keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, and maintaining a safe speed and following distance. Practice makes perfect!

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Tips for Teens: Drive Safely This Summer During the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

new_driverSchool is just about out for the summer! Teens will now have the opportunity and free time take their Drug and Alcohol course, obtain their Learner’s License, and get started on their driving practice. There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of the extra time off and the summer sunshine to practice new driving skills. However, summer isn’t quite as carefree as it seems. From a statistical standpoint, more teens die on roadways in the roughly 100 summer days that stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of the year (National Safety Council). In 2012, the latest year for which data has been analyzed, nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. died in crashes during this period, 550 of which were teens.

There are more fatal accidents during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of the year. All drivers, especially new drivers, should take extra care to drive defensively this summer. Additionally, according to the National Safety Council, teens could face additional risk because they may be carrying friends more frequently, and passengers increase the risk of a fatal crash involving a teen driver by at least 44%.

If you are a new driver, take care on the road ways and drive defensively. Put the tips you learned in your Drug and Alcohol course from GDL Institute to good use. If you haven’t yet taken the course, register today and get on the road to driving independence (and a lifetime of safe driving habits!)

If you are a parent, consider setting important driving guidelines for your teens. You and your teen can sign a parent/teen agreement outlining the consequences for violating the rules you have set down. This sample agreement and other helpful parent resources are available on our website. If you are planning to begin practicing with your teen driver this summer, focus on basic driving techniques and reinforcing defensive driving habits. Set a good example for your teens as well – make sure to buckle up for safety, turn off your phone ringer, keep your hands on the wheel, and don’t be a distracted driver!

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