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The year-end holidays are filled with family traditions. Whether it’s picking out and decorating a fresh tree, cooking up a festive family dinner or simply spending time with loved ones, our traditions are what make this the happiest time of the year. Unfortunately, this season also brings it with many roadway risks.
According to estimates from the National Safety Council, more than 800 people could be killed in motor vehicle crashes over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays this year. In addition to these deaths, the estimates show that nearly 100,000 others may suffer serious injuries on our roads.
Though this is a tragic – and entirely preventable – situation, it’s also a chance to create new safety traditions with your teen driver. One of the best things about teaching your teen to drive, after all, is the opportunity it gives you to instill in them safe habits which they’ll carry the rest of their lives. If you can teach your teen to always use a seat belt as soon as they get in the car, there’s a good chance this will become second nature for them. This time of year, when the days are shorter, the conditions are poor and there can be more impaired drivers on the roads, there’s no shortage of safe habits you can teach your teen. Here are a few to get started:
We look forward to our holiday traditions each year in part because of the smiles they bring to our faces. When you make safety a priority with your teen driver, you can carry these happy feelings with you all year long.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.
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