Last updated 5 months ago
According to AAA, teenagers are three times more likely to get into a fatal car crash than all other drivers. The risk is especially high during the summer, when roads are crowded and teenagers are more likely to drive at night with friends. To keep your teen safe, keep in mind the following summer driving tips:
Limit Nighttime Driving
The chances of a teenager getting into a fatal crash doubles after the sun goes down. More than half of nighttime crashes occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight. If you have a teenage driver who recently obtained a license, limit his or her driving after 9 or 10 p.m.
Coach Your Teenager’s Driving
The more advice your teenager receives from responsible drivers, the better. Even after your teenager obtains a driver’s license, you should sit in the passenger seat when you go on trips together. This will improve your teen’s driving skills and reduce the chances of getting into an accident.
Keep Teen Passengers to a Minimum
The risk of a teenager getting into a car accident increases when teen passengers are present in the vehicle. To keep your teenager safe, set limits on whether your teen can have passengers, and if so, how many.
Establish a Written Agreement
To make sure your teen understands the seriousness of driving safely in the summer, write a written agreement. This way, your teenage driver can be clear about all of the rules regarding passengers, nighttime driving, and access to the vehicle.
Enrolling your teenager in driving school is another great way to ensure that he or she stays safe during the summer. Greg’s Driving School helps teenage drivers improve their driving abilities and decrease their risk of getting into a collision. Call us at (301) 829-7387 or visit our website to learn more about how our driving school can make your teenager a safer driver.
Last updated 6 months ago
During their first year of driving, teenagers are at a greater risk of getting into a fatal car crash than any other age group of drivers. If you have a teenage driver, it’s important to know if he or she is prepared to drive alone or if more practice and training is necessary. Read on to determine whether your teen driver is ready to drive alone.
Does Your Teen Exhibit Good Judgment?
Studying how your teenager handles other aspects of life is a good way to evaluate his or her ability to demonstrate good judgment. Is your teenager a contentious student? Does your teenager control his or her emotions when angry or upset? Is he or she responsible? If your teenager is not responsible, he or she should receive more driving training before you let him or her drive alone.
Is Your Teen Willing to Follow Rules?
Some teenagers, especially the rebellious ones, have difficulty following the rules. If your teen breaks the rules when he or she is not behind the wheel, then he or she isn’t likely to follow the rules of the road. Sit in the passenger seat while your teen is driving to make sure he or she follows the speed limit, makes a complete stop at stop signs and at red lights before turning, and brakes for yellow lights.
Is Your Teen Easily Distracted?
The answer to this question is relative, as all teenagers are susceptible to distractions. But if your teen driver has trouble paying attention to the road, he or she should not drive alone. Be sure your teen knows not to take his or her attention away from the road to send a text message, have a conversation, look in the mirror, or change songs.
To impress upon your teen the importance of driving safely, enroll him or her at Greg’s Driving School. Since 1992, our driving lessons have helped many teenagers become safer drivers. Call us at (301) 829-7387 or visit our website to learn more about how we can make your teenage driver safer.
Last updated 6 months ago
To reduce your risk on the road, it’s important to refrain from speeding, limit distractions, and avoid driving while intoxicated. You should also cut back on the amount of driving you do during the most dangerous times. Read this article to learn more about the most dangerous times to be on the road and how you can improve your driving safety.
Most Dangerous Month: August
It can certainly be challenging to handle winter weather, especially snow and ice. One of the most dangerous driving days of the year is the day after a snowstorm. However, the month of August sees more accidents than any other month of the year.
Most Dangerous Day of the Week: Saturday
There are an average of 158 traffic fatalities each Saturday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the most dangerous day of the week, considering the number of vehicles on the road.
Most Dangerous Time of Day: Nighttime
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has determined that an average of 6.6 Americans are killed between 5 pm and 6 pm each day, and another 6.6 are killed between 6 pm and 7 pm. After factoring in the number people on the road and the chances of getting into an accident, the most dangerous part of the day is between midnight and 4 am.
Most Dangerous Day of the Year: July 4
The days surrounding holidays are in general more dangerous than other times of the year. This is because there is more traffic and because drinking and driving is more common. The most dangerous single day is July 4, though the days around Thanksgiving are the most dangerous group of days.
In addition to staying home during the most dangerous times to be on the road, taking a driver improvement course can greatly improve your safety. For top-notch classes, come to Greg’s Driving School. Learn more about our driver’s education courses on our website, or call us at (301) 829-7387 for more information.
Last updated 6 months ago
D.U.I. checkpoints were established so officers could catch drunk drivers at locations statistically known for drunk driving accidents. When D.U.I. checkpoints are conducted these days, an officer will look into each car to assess the driver’s appearance. If a driver shows any signs of intoxication, an officer pulls that person over. At this point, the officer looks at the driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. If the officer suspects that the driver is under the influence, the officer asks the driver to consent to a field sobriety test. If the driver fails the field sobriety test, he or she is arrested and the car is impounded.
Drunk driving is one of the many risks that some drivers take. If you want to make sure your teen knows the risks of drinking and driving, send him or her to Greg’s Driving School. We offer driver’s education classes that can help make teenagers safer drivers. Call us at (301) 829-7387 for more information.
Last updated 6 months ago
According to a recent AAA study, more accidents occur during the month of August than any other month of the year. Many speculate that this is because August is in late summer, when traffic is generally fairly heavy. Data gathered by AAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that five of the 15 most common days of the year for car accidents are in August. 50 people were killed on Maryland roads in August of 2009. With so many drivers leaving town for summer vacations, August is a month in which it’s more important than ever to be a vigilant and safe driver.
To brush up on your driving skills and ensure that you are prepared for summer traffic, contact Greg’s Driving School at (301) 829-7387. Since 1992, our driving school has provided top-notch driving lessons for teenagers and adults to improve their driving skills. Visit us on the web to browse our driving course offerings.