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Illinois injury attorneyAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, car accidents are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20 year olds. If you are the parent of a teen driver, there are certain ways you can protect them while they are on the road to reduce their chances of getting into an accident. Here are six ways you can protect your teen driver:

1. Practice What You Preach

If you promote safe driving habits to your teen, you should practice them yourself. When you are on the road, always refrain from speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving, and other dangerous habits that you would not want your teen to partake in.

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Summer Is the Most Dangerous Season for DrivingSummer is vacation season, which means that more people are on the road taking long trips. Unfortunately, the inevitable result of this increase in driving is more deaths from car accidents. In a study analyzing fatal car crashes between 1998 and 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that summer and early fall are the most dangerous times of the year for drivers.

More Driving Means More Fatalities

With more cars on the road during the summer, the likelihood of deadly accidents increases. The IIHS found that fatal accidents are more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays, and late afternoons and evenings are the times of the day when the highest number of deaths occur. The deadliest month of the year is August, which is the month in which Americans travel the most miles.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyThese days, cell phones and mobile devices are on everyone’s radar as a dangerous distraction for drivers. Safety experts, however, are taking steps to increase awareness that loud music can also be a serious distraction that can lead to car accidents.

Loud Music Slows Reaction Times

A Canadian study found that a driver’s reactions time was reduced by an average of 20 percent when loud music was playing. This diminished reaction time could be fatal, even for those traveling at a moderate speed.

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DuPage County auto accident attorneysOf all the drivers on the road, teens are the most prone to accidents. They are also more likely to succumb to the temptations of distracted driving, which can increase the severity of their accidents. In an attempt to reduce their risk, one insurance company is installing free drivecams that give parents the power to monitor their teen's driving habits.

How the Cameras Work

The two-way cameras record inside and outside of the cabin, as well as audio sounds. Though it is always recording, it only stores data if the car swerves or brakes too hard. This can not only give parents the ability to see what might have caused their teen to crash, should an accident occur, it gives them a way to monitor risky driving behavior. The knowledge that it is there also encourages teens to drive more sensibly. Ultimately, this could improve driving conditions for everyone.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneysIn the majority of states, including Illinois, a teenager can can get his or driver’s license at the age of 16. However, there is much debate over whether or not someone that age is actually mature enough to handle the responsibility of being behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Permit and License Laws

Here in Illinois, a teen can apply for and receive a driving permit when they are 15 years old. In order to qualify, the teen must pass a written test, as well as be enrolled in a driver education course. The teen driver is only allowed to drive when there is a licensed adult driver, age 21 years or older, in the vehicle with them.

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