Drive Safely this Halloween: Tips for Teens and Parents Alike
This is a special note from David Lee with Ford of Murfreesboro - As you might not be aware, National Teen Driver Safety Week was October 20-26, and in anticipation of the upcoming festivities on Halloween, our team at Ford of Murfreesboro would like to recognize some of the driving tips that can helpteens and parents have a safe and fun “holiday.”
The theme for this year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week was “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving,” and this couldn’t ring more true than on a night like Halloween. Not all parents may realize it, but they have a huge impact on the way their teens drive and the safety precautions they take behind the wheel. Now, more than ever, parents can continue to play a part in encouraging their teens to make smart decisions and drive responsibly, not only through leading by example, but through using vehicle safety developments like Ford’s MyKey technology and similar products. MyKey, which is now standard in the Ford F-150 and other models, ensures that important safety features in the vehicle remain on, allowing parents to place limits on speed, audio system volume, and even bring the low-fuel light on sooner.
While vehicle technology certainly helps, it isn’t the only factor that can help save lives. With kids of all ages flooding the streets in neighborhoods across the country on Halloween night, it’s important for teens and parents who will be driving to and through their trick or treating destinations to be on high alert.
Here are some safe driving tips from Ford of Murfreesboro:
- · Buckle up – It’s the law. In a crash, a person not buckled up is much more likely to be injured or killed than someone wearing a safety belt. Always buckle up and require all passengers to buckle up for everyone’s safety.
- · Never speed – Speed-related factors continue to be reported in about one-third of all traffic deaths nationally, and traffic-related deaths are still the number one killer of teens in the United States.
- · Don’t drive distracted – More than half of teens say they become distracted by others in the car. Parents or the teen driver can set a “no distractions” rule, helping the driver keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
- · Limit the number of passengers – This tip is especially important on Halloween when large amounts of teens are getting into one vehicle to trick or treat. Graduated Driver License laws restrict the number passenger for novice drivers to help reduce the potential for distraction and focus on the driving task. Parents can also help control or limit the amount of passengers allowed in one vehicle on Halloween.
- · Never drink and drive – Under-age use of alcohol and illicit drugs is illegal, and combining alcohol or drugs with driving can be deadly at any age.
David Lee is not only a local father, he is the General Manger of Ford of Murfreesboro
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