Summer Fun, Summer Safety

Summer Fun, Summer Safety

In the U.S., car accidents remain the leading cause of teenage fatalities each year. As summer break begins, this season presents a crucial time for parents to remind their teens to prioritize safe driving practices and stay vigilant while behind the wheel.

To ensure the safety of our young drivers, here are some tips for parents to discuss with their teens before they hit the road this summer:

1. Buckle up.

As responsible drivers and passengers, it is crucial always to buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends using seat belts as an essential safety measure, as they provide a secure and stable environment within the vehicle. Studies show that wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by up to 45% in an accident.

Airbags alone are not enough to protect us from harm. The force of an airbag can cause severe injury or even death if we’re not securely buckled in. Therefore, it’s essential to make seat belt use a priority for everyone in the car.

2. Set a curfew.

It’s important to recognize that staying out late can have serious consequences, particularly regarding driving safety. Drowsy and inattentive driving is a leading cause of road accidents, especially among teen drivers.

Hawaii’s laws aim to prevent drowsy and inattentive driving by imposing restrictions on teen drivers under 18, prohibiting them from driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. By prioritizing safe driving practices, we can help protect our young drivers and ensure the safety of all on the road.

3. Limit the number of passengers in the car.

Too many young passengers in one car can lead to distracted driving. In Hawaii, a teen driver with a provisional license cannot have more than one non-family passenger under 18 in their vehicle unless accompanied by a parent or guardian with a valid driver’s license.

4. Take the pledge.

Hold yourself and your teen accountable and advocate for safer roads across our islands by taking the Drive Aloha pledge! Visit our website to become a Drive Aloha Ambassador.

Advocate for Change

When you pledge to practice responsible, courteous, and safe habits on the road, you become a Drive Aloha Ambassador. We’ll send you a Drive Aloha window decal to proudly display your commitment to promote traffic safety!

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