With teenagers and young adult drivers accounting for almost a quarter of all road related fatalities on Canadian roads, RSA Canada is urging younger drivers to exercise extra caution as they head off on summer road trips.
According to Transport Canada’s Road Safety in Canada report (2016), 17% of driver fatalities and 20% of those drivers seriously injured were 16 to 24 years of age.
RSA Canada suggests parents remind teenage drivers about the top five things they can do to stay safe on the road during summer.
- Be a driving black belt & wear a seatbelt. Using a seatbelt might be simple, but it’s also the most effective way of being safer behind the wheel.
- Ditch the phone. Inexperienced drivers combined with distractions like text messages, music players and Facebook is a recipe for disaster. Parents need to lead by example and not use cell phones while behind the wheel. Remember – it is against the law to text and drive.
- Slow down, silly. Speeding can not only increase the risk of a fatal car crash, but it also lead to costly fines and increase insurance rates. Remind your kids about sticking to the speed limit even if their friends are pressuring them to hurry up.
- Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol and driving don’t mix regardless of whether a driver is experienced or inexperienced. Teen should feel comfortable calling home for a ride if they feel they’re not in a position to drive.
- It ain’t no party bus. Reducing the number of passengers in the car while your teenager is behind the wheel helps reduce the distraction. Some studies show that restricting passengers can help reduce fatal crashes involving teens.
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