Staying Safe This Prom Season
AAA offers prom-goer safety tips to parents and teens
April 23, 2018 –Teens donning tuxedos and beautiful gowns signal the start of prom season at South Dakota high schools. As parents and teens create the last minute prom to-do lists (pick up tuxedo, make hair appointments, choose the perfect location for pictures) don’t forget to place “safe driving reminder” at the top of the list.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States and there are a multitude of risks associated with prom night festivities including nighttime driving, additional teen passengers and impaired driving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens are more likely than anyone else to be killed in an alcohol-related crash. In 2016, almost one out of five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. Even though the minimum legal drinking age in every State is 21, data shows 16 percent of 15- to 18-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 had been drinking.
“Prom night is great opportunity for teens to get dressed up for a night on the town with their friends,” said Marilyn Buskohl, AAA spokesperson. “Unfortunately, it is also a night where tragedy can strike and change a teen’s future due to risky behavior such as driving while impaired or distracted.”
Research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has identified several factors that increase the danger to teen drivers and their passengers:
Recognizing these risk factors can be useful in creating a safe driving plan for teens (both drivers and passengers) planning to attend prom this spring.
AAA offers the following tips:
Additional safe driving tips for teens and parents can be found at www.teendriving.aaa.com.
AAA Study: 80 Percent of Motorists Admit to Aggressive Driving Habits
Young Male Drivers Lead the Pack
February 20, 2018 – Though February is the month of love, it is also Aggressive Driving Awareness Month and statistics say that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger and aggression behind the wheel, according to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research study.
The most alarming findings suggest that approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in some type of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver. “Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage and aggressive driving behavior,” said AAA Public Affairs Manager, Marilyn Buskohl. “Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly.”
Aggressive driving behavior is described as:
Aggressive driving and road rage varied considerably among drivers:
“It’s completely normal for drivers to experience anger behind the wheel, but we must not let our emotions lead to destructive choices,” said Buskohl. “Don’t risk escalating a frustrating situation because you never know what the other driver might do. Maintain a cool head, and focus on reaching your destination safely.”
AAA offers these tips to help prevent road rage:
Do Not Respond: Avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures, maintain space around your vehicle and contact 9-1-1 if needed.
Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation
On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.
This event had:
This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA
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