Summer Fun, Summer Safety
The end of the school year is here, which means summer break for teen drivers. Whether they’re driving to summer school classes, seasonal jobs, or hitting the beach with their friends, teen should be reminded to take extra precautions and follow the state’s guidelines for drivers between 16 to 18 years old.
1. Buckle Up
Step one of getting in the car for both driver and passengers is wearing a seat belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, using a seat belt keeps you safe and secure in your vehicle, and in the event of a cash, reduces your risk of fatal injury by 45%. Air bags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an air bag can cause severe injury or even death if you’re not buckled up.
2. Set a curfew
Staying out late can lead to drowsy and inattentive driving, leading to an accident. Hawaii law limits teen drivers under 18 from driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. for good reason. Teens and young adults have a higher risk of drowsy driving as they’re new drivers who are often sleep deprived. Have your teen return home safely at a reasonable hour.
3. Limit the number of passengers
Too many young passengers in one car can lead to distracted driving and unsafe behaviors due to peer pressure. In Hawaii, a teen driver with a provisional license cannot have more than one non-family passenger under the age of 18 in their vehicle unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian with a valid driver’s license.
4. Avoid distractions
Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents among young drivers. Remind your teen to refrain from using a cell phone, even in cars with hands-free capabilities, until they reach their destination.
5. Take the Pledge
Hold yourself and your teen accountable by taking the Drive Aloha pledge! Visit our website to become a Drive Aloha Ambassador!
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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!