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Talk to your teen today about safe driving habits

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, which means that we are in the midst of the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer” for teenage drivers on Oklahoma’s roads.

During the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, fatal car accidents involving teens spike and usually remain higher than any other time of the year. While highway fatalities overall have been on the decline in recent years, they are still the No. 1 cause of death for American teenagers.

Additionally, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 66 percent of people who are killed and 67 percent of people who are injured in crashes involving a teen driver are people other than the teen driver themselves.

So what can you do to keep your teenager from killing or injuring himself or other people on the roads this summer? Consider these tips from AAA:

  • Create a driving contract for your teen that spells out the rules and guidelines, and require your teen to sign it if he or she wants to drive.
  • Sign your teen up for the free training programs that provide valuable information while earning your teen savings on insurance.

For additional advice and tools for parents of teenage drivers, visit AAA’s Keys2Drive website.

According to the National Safety Council, five out of 10 teenagers will be involved in a car accident of some type before finishing high school. You want to do everything in your power to prevent your teenage driver from being one of them this summer.

However, if an accident should occur, make sure to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can protect your family’s best interests.