Summer vacation is a carefree time for teens. The final school bell rings, and they escape the school corridors for fresh air and the open road. However, the gleeful freedom teens enjoy this time of year is often overshadowed by a devastating trend.
Summer marks a spike in fatal car crashes and the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. As many as 12 teens will die behind the wheel every day this summer—that's an average of 84 funerals a week.
Lack of driving experience is a major culprit for most teen driving crashes. Although it is impossible to change this fact, safety measures and precautions can be taken by teens and parents to reduce the risks that are faced on the road every day.
Tire Rack Street Survival is a community-run program offered throughout the U.S that teens can take in addition to driver’s education. The program aims to sharpen the skills teens need to stay safe while driving. Students use their own vehicles to learn proper vehicle control in real-world driving situations.
In addition to preparing students for various driving situations, Tire Rack Street Survival offers tips for parents to help ensure their teen stays safe behind the wheel this summer:
For more information on schools in your area, visit Tire Rack Street Survival's website, Streetsurvival.org
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