KRISTINE JOHNSON: Memorial Day to Labor Day is known as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers and anyone sharing the road with them.
MAURICE DUBOIS: CBS2’s Meg Baker went out for a driving lesson and has some safety reminders.
MEG BAKER: Mike Pielech, CEO of Road Rules Driving School, is coaching Gianna Grasso on why it’s important to be extra cautious as a new driver.
MIKE PIELECH: Quickly, quickly, quickly.
GIANNA GRASSO: I know like not to use my phone or anything or not look away because like I’m terrified of like anything bad happening.
MEG BAKER: AAA data shows nationally an average of seven teen driving fatalities per day during the summer when they are out of school, compared to six per day the rest of the year. Robert Sinclair with AAA says teens had alarming responses to a survey about driving behaviors.
ROBERT SINCLAIR: They are speeding in residential areas. They’re speeding on the highway. They’re driving aggressively. They’re running red lights. They’re not wearing their seatbelts.
MEG BAKER: Even riskier because they are unexperienced. AAA recommends 100 hours behind the wheel with your child.
ROBERT SINCLAIR: You need to be in different weather conditions, different lighting conditions, take different routes to and from where you might be going, and coach them. Do it gently.
MEG BAKER: Experts stress that parents should act as models and be the example of what a smart driver is for their children.
MIKE PIELECH: The parents are going to text at the lights, or text or talk on their phone, or fidget around with anything else, the teens will do it too.
MEG BAKER: A major distraction is friends in the car, the risk of a crash goes up exponentially.
MIKE PIELECH: Goofing around and going down to the shore, especially in the summertime, it’s you know the more they pack in that they’re not going to be paying attention to what’s relevant on the road.
MEG BAKER: AAA offers a parent-teen driving agreement with rules for checking in once they reach their destination, obeying traffic laws, and not taking unnecessary risks like driving tired, angry, or upset, which could lead to danger. In Westfield, New Jersey, Meg Baker CBS2 News.