There is no better place than Southern California for Summer time. The weather is great, the beaches are beautiful, and most of our youth are on school break. With this extra time, there may come some added risks on the road.
For several teen and young drivers, summer marks the time for heading out on the road and spending time with friends. Sadly, summer also is the most dangerous time to be a young driver.
The Insurance State Commissioner, Dave Jones, visited San Diego last month to caution young teens to be safe drivers and avoid the risks of being in an auto accident. According to Jones, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most dangerous for young people in vehicles. Young people have the highest rate of auto accidents of all drivers.
The California Highway Patrol reported that teen drivers only represent about 4 percent of the state’s licensed drivers, but are found at fault of 66 percent of all fatal collisions they are involved in. The leading cause of death people ages 15 to 20 is in auto accidents.
Jones recommended that teens drive defensively, stay within the posted speed limits, maintain safe distances between other vehicles, wear seatbelts, always stay sober, and drive cautiously at night and in bad weather. Commissioner Jones also emphasized the importance for parents and teachers to regularly educate young people to drive safely and avoid auto accidents.
Contact an agent at Alandale Insurance Agency today to make sure your teens and young drivers are properly protected and your vehicles have the coverage you need.