Pass the cranberry sauce! Thanksgiving is coming up. During this time of year, we are mostly filled with thoughts of delicious food, family, treats, football, Black Friday shopping, etc., while driving safety is usually one of the last things to come to mind. Remember, the holiday season is more dangerous than any other time of year for many reasons, including an increased number of drivers on the road, drivers making more trips to see family and friends, and an increase in alcohol consumption. This is especially true for drivers with little experience.
When driving this holiday season keep the five major risks for teen drivers in mind:
- Driving at Night – Don’t let that turkey make you sleepy! If you are going on trips where you will be the driver make sure to get plenty of rest. Experts recommend scheduling regular stops every 100 miles or two hours.
- Speeding – Make sure to watch your speed and give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
- Distractions – That text message can wait! Turn off your cell phone while driving so you won’t be tempted to send a text or receive any phone calls. If you have passengers in the car with you be careful that they are not distracting you from driving.
- Seat Belt Use – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) teenage drivers and passengers are among those least likely to wear their seat belts. Make sure to buckle up this holiday season.
- Drunk Driving – According to NHTSA the number of drunk driving accidents increases from 36 percent to 54 percent over the holiday season. Drinking makes you stupid.
So the best thing you can do is spread the word about driving safety!
- Download and hang posters around your school to promote driving safety. You can find them here: Print and presentation page
(*Hint: Best risk to highlight during this season is: drowsy driving and impaired driving)
- Hand out bags of candy corn with safety tips on it.
- On the last day of school before the holidays, have the school mascot wait by the exit or school parking lot with a sign that says “Don’t be a turkey. Drive Safely”
- Make early morning announcements about driving safety.
- Contact your regional representative to rent out the drunk goggles. Have an obstacle course for student to maneuver around.