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Summer is the most dangerous season for teen drivers so follow some of these helpful tips to keep your teenage driver safe.

If you have a new teenage driver, then you’ve likely already had the argument over buying them a car.  But before you cave in to their demands, researchers suggest that doing so could be a dangerous move.  If you want to protect your teen and keep them safe on the road, then they need to understand that driving is a privilege, not a right.  By having them drive the family vehicle and restricting their usage, you can keep control of the keys.  Safety experts believe that teenagers with their own vehicles have a tendency to drive more recklessly.

July and August present the deadliest months for teen drivers since they spend more time in the car than during the school year.  Experts offer tips that parents can use to keep their teens safe on the road.

  • Don’t let them drive at night.
  • Don’t let them drive with other teenagers in the vehicle.
  • Act as a role model when you are driving.
  • Restrict their usage of the family car.

In Washington state, teens are issued a graduated license in which they aren’t allowed to drive with other teens in the car but it’s still up to the parents to really enforce this rule. As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I urge you to keep in mind that your driving habits will rub off on your teen.  Statistics prove the children of poor drivers are likely to become poor drivers themselves.
-Kirk Bernard

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