Some of the deadliest days for teenagers in Hawaii are scattered across summer. In fact, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are some of the deadliest for teenage drivers around the country. According to statistics by the AAA, seven of the top 10 most dangerous days of the year fall during this period of time.
It goes without saying that parents of teenage motorists must be especially cautious about their children’s driving practices during this period of time. This is the time to be even more vigilant about enforcing driving rules, and if your teenager has only recently begun driving, this is the right time to set down a parent-child driving agreement. All rules about your teenager’s driving practices should be set down in black-and-white, and the child must be rewarded for adhering to the rules, and penalized for breaking rules.
This summer, it would also help if parents would commit to at least 50 hours of supervised driving with their teenage children. Hawaii requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving for teenagers who are waiting to receive their permanent license. However, it would help if parents went beyond the minimum number of supervised driving hours that are required under the law. The more practice your child has driving under your watchful parental eye, the better his chances of becoming a safe and responsible driver.
Driver’s education programs do not prepare your child for subtle driving skills, like watching out for accident hazards that emerge from the side of the road. It is the lack of such driving skills that contribute to the majority of teen driver-related accidents that occur every year. These are skills that can be imparted by a supervising parent.