There's No Better Time To Talk To Teens About Safe Driving

May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month! We've rounded up facts to help encourage teens to drive safely.

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Did you know that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the most dangerous for teen drivers? Since school is out and they have more free time, they're more likely to get in fatal accidents in the summer. May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month, so it's the perfect opportunity to talk to teens about motor vehicle safety!

If you're unsure where to start, we've rounded up facts and stats that will hopefully help open teens' eyes to why safe driving is so important. The bottom line? Focus and caution are key when operating a car.

Distracted Driving Includes More Than Texting

A recent study showed that 27 percent of teens admitted to changing clothes or shoes while driving a car. Even if it seems like a necessity to swap their outfit, it's not worth the risk. Distracted driving is the leading cause of all car accidents. Other behind-the-wheel activities to avoid? Changing contact lenses, doing homework, and putting on makeup.

But Texting & Driving Is A Huge Problem Too

According to a study last summer, 41 percent of teens admitted to texting while driving. This distracting, digital behavior is equivalent to driving after drinking four beers. Texting and driving also causes 1.6 million accidents per year. Remind teens that any text message can wait until they get to their destination.

Sleep Is An Important Factor In Safe Driving

In case teens another reason to catch some ZZZ's, driving safety should be at the top of the list! Drowsy driving causes more than one in five fatal car accidents. Another study suggests that the earlier schools start, the more likely students are to get in accidents.

Teens Mirror Their Parents' Behind-The-Wheel Behavior

This fact may be more interesting to the parents than the teens themselves... Did you know that teens tend to mirror their parents' behavior behind the wheel? It's true — a study found that parents are the number-one influence on teen driving! Make sure you set a positive example. That means no texting and driving for you either!

Another study found that sometimes teens text or talk on the phone while driving because they fear their parents will get mad if they don't answer. Remind teens that their safety is your top priority — not their response to your text.

Did we miss any important tips? Send us a tweet @Choices_Mag with your best advice for teen drivers!