Winter is behind us and warmer days bring the promise of spring. For teens, this often means hitting the road for a spring break trip, with many of them likely driving to their destinations.
Distracted driving is one of the biggest concerns for teens driving this spring break. Eager passengers, cell phones and navigation systems all compete for their attention. In 2017, there were 144 reported fatalities as a direct result of distracted driving in North Carolina, and 41 in South Carolina.
Drinking and driving is another major concern. It’s imperative that your teen understands the consequences of driving impaired. Last year, 471 people were killed in North Carolina due to impaired driving and 331 were killed in South Carolina.
AAA Carolinas wants to equip you with information you need to prepare your teens for a safe drive. Share these tips with them before they leave:
Disconnect and drive: Secure your mobile device before driving, and speak up if you’re a passenger in a car and the driver is using a device.
Don’t drink and drive: Impaired drivers put their passengers and other drivers on the road at risk. The punishment for being pulled over while intoxicated is severe, and the fines are hefty. Consider ride sharing options like Uber or Lyft.
Buckle up: Be a role model and make this a habit every time you’re in the car with your teen.
Pre-program your GPS: Print out driving directions ahead of time, or get a AAA TripTik from your local AAA Travel office. When using a mobile GPS, put your passenger in charge of directions.
Stay alert: Keep your eyes and mind on the road. If you’re a passenger, don’t distract the driver. Drive the speed limit and monitor the signs — they change frequently on large highways.
Never drive tired: For long trips, share driving responsibilities with passengers to help avoid falling asleep.
— Tiffany Wright, AAA Public Relations Manager