There are so many things on our minds lately, but it appears for some, proper driving etiquette isn't one of them. We spoke with an expert from AAA in Connecticut on safety driving tips while we are experiencing these power outages.
Amy Parmenter, Spokesperson for AAA shares some great tips on driving safety and etiquette during power outages. We are also in the 100 deadliest days of Summer for Teen driving – another layer to think about – from Memorial Day to Labor Day there are more fatalities with or caused by teen drivers than any other time of year. (See below for more info on that and the Teen/Parent Agreement you can share with your family!)
Drivers must always yield to the vehicle that arrived first. If multiple vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, yield to the vehicle on your right. If there is heavy traffic at the intersection, this process will naturally begin to function as a four-way stop.
Worried about your teen texting and driving or riding with teens who aren’t focused on the road? Research shows you are right to be concerned. Young people are among the most avid users of cell phones, smart phones and texting devices. And, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety more than half of teen drivers reported using a cell phone while driving and more than 1 in 4 reported typing or sending a text message while driving in the preceding 30 days.
AAA issued a warning as its “100 Deadliest Days” coincides with COVID-19 restrictions easing up.
“We believe that's a dangerous intersection,” Parmenter said.
During the 100 deadliest days, known as a period from Memorial Day to Labor Day, AAA said people are more likely to die in car crashes involving teen drivers.
It said there’s heightened danger this summer.
“They've been locked up, they haven't been able to see their friends, their summer activities have been canceled, now you have the easing of restrictions so you're going to have more teens behind the wheel, and the concern is that's going to increase risk for everyone,” Parmenter said.
Parmenter encouraged parents and guardians remind their teens of the graduated driver’s licensing law for 16- and 17-year-old drivers.
That means no driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. It also means no passengers for the first 6 months with a driver’s license, with some exceptions.
“They're inexperienced,” Parmenter said. “It's not that they're bad people, but they just have less experience and they're more likely to take risks as a result.”
AAA’s traffic safety culture index looks at people’s perception of other drivers and their own behaviors.
“It's a ‘do as I see, not as I do’ mentality,” Parmenter explained. “We have a lot of folks out there who know that distraction is dangerous, who know that speeding is dangerous, but then they admit to doing it anyway.”
She advised adults to speak with their teens about not speeding and eliminating distracted or impaired driving, teach by example, and conduct supervised practice.
“As you get back behind the wheel, take extra precautions,” she said.
Parmenter encouraged everyone take responsibility too and eliminate bad behaviors on the road.
AAA recommended that parents sign a “parent teen agreement” before allowing teens to hit the road.
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