Indiana teens will inevitably look forward to the summer when they can drive from one place to another. However, there are inherent risks with teen drivers as they generally lack the experience and understanding of what it takes to be safe on the road. Statistically, the time from Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the riskiest for teen drivers and has sparked the designation of "100 Deadliest Days." For those who are on the road with young drivers, it is important to understand the increased danger.
The State of Indiana takes driving safety seriously. Besides requiring persons seeking their first driver's license to take mandatory road safety instruction, the state imposes additional driving safety training requirements on persons who have had more than one driving offense.
News reports of traffic accidents in Indiana often state that the names of persons involved have not been released because the identities of those persons have not been verified. A striking example of the need for this caution was displayed when the state police revised its accident report to correct a transposition of the names of two drivers involved in a pedestrian fatality.
We’re now just over a month or so away from the end of the school year. If you have a teen driver at home, he or she will likely be driving more this summer than during the school year. In fact, driving among all ages tends to increase when the weather is nice. Now is the perfect time to be thinking about one of the most important safety issues all drivers face: distraction.