Last Updated: Jun 14th, 2012 - 02:51:46
Summer constitutes the 100 deadliest days for teens, help keep them safe with these SAFE SUMMER tips from Matt Edmonds of Tire Rack.
| Have a S.A.F.E. S.U.M.M.E.R
By Matt Edmonds, vice president, Tire Rack and Bill Wade, national program manager, Tire Rack Street Survival.
Jun 4, 2012, 14:24
Self-Service – teach your young driver what to check. Instead of waiting for a light to come on telling them there is imminent issues, show them how to self-check and service:
|Checking tire pressure at the Tire Rack Street Survival program|
Airbags, airbags, airbags – While we try hard to make them safe, sometimes it is beyond their control, make sure your teen’s vehicle has the latest and at the very least, front and side/head bags for front and rear seating positions.
- Tire air pressure
- Oil level
- Washer fluid
- Tire tread depth
- - Wiper blades
Footwear – Just as you change out of boots to flip-flops, make sure their vehicle is equipped with the correct tires to perform its best in the season’s worst conditions. Going into summer means it’s time to check their tire tread depth to make sure they can handle those summer showers. For a list of quality tread depth gauges or to learn how to check tread depth with a quarter (not a penny) visit www.tirerack.com.
Experience. – Enroll your teen in an advanced real-world driver’s education program like Tire Rack Street Survival to give them experience in car control rather than simple maneuvering. Allow them to react from experience rather than guess what might be right in an emergency situation. For a schedule of upcoming Tire Rack Street Survival programs taking place in various locations across the country, please visit www.streetsurvival.org/school-schedule-registration/.
Set Limits: Remember, your teen’s license is not about your convenience – it’s about their life.
Understand the Route: Have a clear understanding of where your teen is driving, who they are with and the route they intend to take. Confirm a check-in time with your teen so they can update you on their plans.
- Set limits on your teen’s driving, especially in high-risk situations such as at night, on the weekends or in inclement weather.
- Do not let your teen ride with a young driver that has less than one year’s driving experience.
- The higher the number of teens in the car the greater the level of distraction.
Maintain Visual Awareness: Remind your teen to look 10 seconds down the road at all times when driving, and that they should be driving no fewer than three seconds behind the next vehicle. This will teach your teen to focus on the best escape route when confronted with an obstacle.
Make Time to Talk: Set aside time each week to re-connect with your teen during the summer to get a full understanding of what their schedule looks like. Empower your teen to get out of a bad situation. Set-up a secret code. Something like “Mom I have a headache” would signal for you to drop everything and pick them up from where they are should they find themselves in an unsafe situation. Providing your teen with a card to keep in their wallet with the numbers of local taxi services will also help minimize sleep-deprived driving.
Examples are the Key: Your teens rely on you to lead by example. Practice what you preach and don’t use your cell phone or send text messages while you are driving. Both are leading causes of distractions and crashes for teen drivers. Remind your teen to keep their hands off of the center of the steering wheel and their feet off of the dashboard. In the event of an accident an airbag deployment with the hands or feet in this position can cause serious bodily harm. Ensure that every passenger in the car is wearing their seat belt.
Run a Quick Pressure Check: Complete a quick tire pressure check with your teen every month to ensure levels are correct. Are the tires inflated correctly? For correct tire inflation specs and for more tire-related information go to www.tirerack.com.
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