It’s Homecoming season. Homecoming is a great time to gather with friends, but also a time of increased risk of car accidents during Homecoming.
Sadly, recently friends and families had to say goodbye to two teenagers after a car accident on the way to the homecoming dance. According to Tampa Bay Fox 13, the teenagers were killed when the driver attempted to make a left turn, but turned in the path of an oncoming Dodge Ram pickup truck. The 17-year old driver and 15-year old passenger died. The driver was driving his passenger to homecoming dance and then returning home to celebrate his Dad’s birthday. Prayers and thoughts for those mourning because of this loss.
Fatal car accidents are sad, but when they involve kids, it just seems sadder. This Homecoming season, let’s take steps to reduce teenage Homecoming car accident injuries or deaths. Here are some tips from DefensiveDriving.com that may save one or more lives this Homecoming season:
- Ride in Style: Consider getting a limo or town car to transport your teen and his friends to the homecoming dance. This will take the pressure off the driver and allow everyone in the group (parents included) to have a worry free night. Because this can be expensive, ask other parents to split the cost and make it more reasonable.
- Limit Passengers: If a teenage driver is behind the wheel, you should limit the other passengers to one. According to the Center for Disease Control, the presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers, and the risk goes up with more passengers in the vehicle.
- Slow Down: Encourage your teen driver to reduce their speeds while driving after dark as visibility can be greatly reduced during these times, and most events will be taking place in the evening and night hours.
- Avoid Distractions: Setting a limit for passengers will help eliminate distractions during homecoming travel, but you need to set further guidelines for your teen driver to help create a safe driving environment. Encourage them to keep music at a reasonable volume, and pull over to the side of the road if they need to send a text message or take a call.
- Have a Plan B: Always make sure your student leaves the house with a fully charged cell phone so they can call you in the event that they do not feel comfortable driving themselves home from an event. You should also program a couple of local cab company numbers into their cell phones in the event that you cannot be reached for a pick-up.
Enjoy Homecoming season! Take steps to make sure the memories are joyous ones and not tragic memories.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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