OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 7, 2010) -- Prom and graduation season is here! In addition to picking out the perfect dress and tie and planning the perfect event, there are a few other things these high school seniors and parents should keep in mind.
Automobile accidents are the number one killer of teens. Many accidents involving teens are preventable – and are caused by driver error, speeding and distractions. With the busy prom and graduation season, the risk for teen drivers is elevated.
Increased distractions divert young driver’s attention from the road and could lead to dangerous and even fatal consequences. So while all parents want their child to enjoy these once-in-a-lifetime events, it’s important to take preventive measures to ensure safety on the road.
To help teenagers make it safely to and from these celebrations, Dan Bailey, president and COO of CARSTAR Collision Centers, the nation’s largest family of auto body experts, offers the following safe celebration tips:
For teen drivers:
· Always wear a seatbelt: And everyone in the car as well – it’s the law.
· Have a cell phone at the event: Make sure to have a phone easily accessible so parents and guardians can reach you.
· Do not text while driving: Pull over and park if you have to text or make a phone call.
· Plan an alternate source of transportation: Make sure you have the phone number and enough money for a cab ride home.
· Remember that tired drivers are dangerous too: If you are tired after an evening of fun, you shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
· Know who is driving: Consider a limo or an adult driver to chauffeur to and from the celebration.
· Provide a backup plan: Offer someone they can call – no questions asked – if they need a ride home.
· Parents need to TALK to their teen in advance: Discuss not drinking and driving. Make sure they know to never get in a vehicle with someone that has been drinking. Underage drinking and driving is against the law. Make it clear to the teen that if they drink or use drugs, driving privileges will be revoked.
· Check the conditions of the teen’s car: Make certain your teen is driving a car in good condition and has emergency equipment just in case.
· Plan the evening’s schedule and know where your teen will be when. Set up a check-in time, designated in advance of the event, for a parent and child to check in with each other.
Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.
“Automobile accidents can and will happen despite warnings, but planning, communicating and acting responsible can help make this prom and graduation season a time teens and parents can enjoy,” said Bailey. “By just slowing down and being a little more cautious, you can prevent an accident and keep your special moments happy ones. But if an accident does occur, just call 1-800-CARSTAR and we’ll take it from there.”
CARSTAR Collision Service offers high-quality, reliable repair service in 28 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair and they will send the tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your vehicle. For information and store locations visit www.CARSTAR.com.
CARSTAR is the largest group of branded collision repair centers in North America with over 400 locally owned and operated locations in 28 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR is committed to providing consistent quality services to our customers and insurance partners and has repaired more than 2.5 million cars since it was founded in 1989. Our technicians and front office staff receive ongoing training to ensure they are qualified to work on any vehicle. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority as we consistently lead the industry in customer satisfaction ratings.