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Young, Drunk and Behind the Wheel

Steering Wheel (resize)The average teenager has a lot on his or her mind – first jobs, grades, body changes and mood swings – and likely a pressure to fit in through drinking. According to a recent article posted on the health news site Medical Daily, a new study claims “the average adolescent is exposed to about 3,000 references to alcohol brands while listening to music.”

A Risky Age

It just so happens the 16-19 age group is also the highest in average annual crashes and traffic violations, according to the California DMV. These two statistics add up to a dangerous mix for teen drunk driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says teens are at a far greater risk of death in an alcohol-related crash even though they’re below the 21 year old minimum for legal alcohol consumption. But there are some common sense tips that can keep teens and those on the road with them safe.

Teen Driving Tips

Tell your teen driver to:

  • Ride with a sober driver – You’re only as safe as your driver, so choose wisely.
  • Focus on driving – Rule number one, cell phones are off limits. But also, keep the music and the number of passengers down.
  • Know and obey the laws – Log lots of driving practice hours and learn the rules of the road. Then implement everything you learn, wear your seatbelt and drive defensively.

Teens may still get into an accident (just like the rest of us). Call Great Plains Auto Body today for help with auto body repairs. 402.334.7100