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Car accidents involving teens increase during the summer

Summer is just around the corner and that means that more people, especially teenagers, will be on the road in New Jersey. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every summer there is an increase in car accidents among teen drivers in the U.S.

There are many reasons that teen drivers are more likely to get in a car crash during the summer, with the main reason being that teens are on the road more often during the summertime compared to the rest of the year.

Teens are less driving experience and are more likely to have unsafe driving behaviors like speeding, taking risks and getting distracted behind the wheel. Some of the most dangerous distractions young drivers commit behind the wheel include texting, eating and even putting on make-up.

Drivers who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to be in a car accident, according to the NHTSA. With teens more likely to commit dangerous driving behaviors, the NHTSA is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and provide tips for teen drivers to stay safe behind the wheel.

The NHTSA offered the below list for teen drivers to consider before they drive this summer:

  • Before driving, adjust seat and any other controls in the vehicle and put on your seat belt.
  • Do not eat or drink while driving.
  • Safely stop or pull over if you need to use your cellphone, read directions or any other activity that will distract you from driving.
  • Make an effort to focus on driving every time you get behind the wheel.

Source: Christian Today, "Staying safe on the road this summer," Susie Turner, May 28, 2013