Summer Driving Tips for Teens and Adults

School’s out in Virginia
Don’t let driving distractions ruin your summer

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2012

Richmond, VA (June 2012) - Summer vacation begins Friday for most public school students in Virginia. That means more time at the pool and playground for kids and more time in the car for teens. Thousands of Virginia families also will travel to the beach and other destinations for vacation. “We want to help Virginians have a safe summer,” said Janet Brooking, Executive Director of DRIVE SMART Virginia. “We have some reminders for parents and teens.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 21 of the top 25 deadliest days for teen drivers fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Distractions, speeding, additional teen passengers, and inexperience are all cited as reasons for the increase in traffic crashes. “In Virginia, teens get excellent driver’s education instruction; but teens need experience driving,” Brooking said. “Experience behind the wheel can mean the difference between life and death.”

Parents should remind teens to do the following when driving:

  • wear a safety belt
  • turn off their cell phone
  • obey the speed limit and all traffic signs and signals
  • limit teen passengers

“Parents also have another role to play – ‘role model.’ Teens learn much of their driving behavior from watching how their mom and dad behave behind the wheel,” Brooking said.

Some advice for parents:

  • never drive distracted - distractions increase your risk of a crash
  • when traveling on vacation, set GPS before you begin driving
  • make sure everyone in the car is buckled up
  • pay attention to the traffic around you
  • pay special attention when driving in neighborhoods - more children are at home during summer months

For more information please contact Janet Brooking, Executive Director at Drive Smart Virginia at (804) 929-6117.

Drive Smart Virginia, founded in 1995, is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to educating drivers and raising traffic safety awareness in order to save lives and reduce injuries on the roadways of Virginia.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

“Too often people don’t realize how dangerous it is to look away from the road for just two seconds. It can be deadly.” Janet Brooking, Executive Director DRIVE SMART Virginia