For Immediate Release:
SAINT PAUL, MN -- Summer is the deadliest time of year for teenage motor vehicle accidents and parents can play an important role in ensuring their teen is a safe driver. The Department of Commerce recommends that parents and their teen driver discuss safe driving habits such as always wearing a seatbelt, no texting while driving, and never driving while intoxicated.
“The ultimate goal when our kids start driving is to ensure their safety and the safety of others. That starts with establishing expectations,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “The good news is that by setting boundaries, we are making the roads safer for everyone and fewer accidents is a goal we can all get behind.”
Research shows teens whose parents set rules are half as likely to get in an accident, according to the the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Reducing accidents not only saves lives but also saves money through reduced insurance costs and gives parents a greater sense of peace when their teen drivers are on the road.
Inexperience, distracted driving, speeding and drug or alcohol use are major contributors to teen-related crashes. One way parents can help teens become a safer driver is to talk openly about expectations for when they are behind the wheel. The Department of Commerce and NAIC offer the following recommendations to parents on setting expectations for their teen drivers:
Traffic tickets and accidents often cause insurance premiums to increase. These safety measures can help parents and teens save money on auto insurance:
While all accidents are not preventable, by setting rules and reminding each other of safe driving practices, both parents and teens can create a safer driving environment for all Minnesotans this summer.
For more teen driving tips and resources, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce by visiting the website. Parents and teens can also visit InsureUOnline.org to download the Teen Driving Contract and other helpful documents, including a downloadable accident checklist (.pdf).