How you can keep your teen driver safe during these '100 deadliest days'
We’re in the 100 deadliest days of the year on the roads for teen drivers.
Younger drivers are more likely to crash because of a couple factors like speed, nighttime driving and distractions.
Now that school's getting out, more teens are getting behind the wheel. That unfortunately means teen-related crashes are expected to go up through Labor Day.
But police are reminding families It doesn't have to be that way.
Sgt. Ted Bohner with Indiana State Police says the biggest distractions are other people in the car, and phones.
"You don't have to respond to text messages right away. Wait until you get to your destination to return those."
He says that's something parents need to talk to their kids about, and model themselves while driving. Wear a seat belt. No texting or drinking and driving.
He suggests riding along with your child when possible to address any bad habits, before an accident happens.
"Talk to them about how driving is a privilege. Earn that by being responsible and showing good driving practices."
Patty Biggs often drives to see her family in southern Indiana. She says she sees distracted driving too often.
"You look over and people are not even looking at the road. They are just looking straight down."
That's why she uses voice navigation and sets her music playlist so she doesn't have to fuss with either while driving.
"Something that could easily be avoided in most situations. Just because they have to text someone back, or check Instagram, it's just something that's causing needless accidents."
In Indiana, drivers under 21 are not allowed to use a cellphone except for 911 calls.