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Advice that graduating drivers should take to heart

Graduation season is nearly upon us. For most future grads, this is the best time of their lives. Not only are they excited about getting ready to go to college (or in some cases, to grad school), they are more than ready for the parties that will occur to celebrate the occasion. While we fully support the notion of celebrating a job well done, the reality is that accidents involving young drivers are apt to occur around this time of year.

Fatal auto accidents are tragic reminders that there are people on the road who fail to use reasonable care while behind the wheel. While auto accidents are the leading killer of young drivers, the likelihood of fatal car accidents increases during the summer months. As such, it is prudent for parents to have honest and frank conversations about the dangers that can befall a young driver.

This post will highlight some of the topics should be discussed. 

No driving while “buzzed” – If you haven’t seen the public service announcements, buzzed or tipsy driving is drunk driving. Indeed, you don’t have to be semi conscious or sloppy drunk to be a hazard on the streets. So if you insist on having a drink, try to have a designated driver.

Whoever is texting, they can wait – The time it takes to look down at a phone and decipher a text message is two seconds. In that time, a car can travel more than 200 yards at highway speeds. Consider that the next time you answer a text message while driving.

Keep your seatbelt on – Simply put, seatbelts save lives because they help in preventing you from being ejected in the event of a crash.

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