LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - Welcome to the “100 Deadliest Days” – the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the number of teens killed on the road skyrockets. AAA Spokesperson Doug Shupe has some tips on how to keep your kids safe behind the wheel.
Shupe says kids are out of school and are driving out and about with their friends unsupervised, and they don’t understand the consequences behind the wheel when they make wrong decisions because they are inexperienced.
Over the last 5 years, early 3,500 people were killed in crashes as a result of a teen driving. In California, from 2015-2016, teen driver fatalities increased by 12 percent.
Some tips to consider:
- Encourage teens to store phones out of reach, or use the “Do Not Disturb” feature on your phone
- Parents should teach by example and minimize risky behavior when driving
- Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers