Message Monday - Drive like your grandparents and live to be one

9-10 message mondayWhen you were a teenager, did you think it was torture to have to ride with your grandparents? Most grandparents have been driving for many years and have likely learned some valuable lessons along the way. Obeying the speed limit, buckling up, and not driving aggressively are just a few of the reasons Nana and Papa may still be around to give you a ride to basketball practice or a friend’s house.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, In the United States, teenagers drive less than all but the oldest people, but their numbers of crashes and crash deaths are disproportionately high. The fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over. The risk is highest at ages 16-17. In fact, the fatal crash rate per mile driven is nearly twice as high for 16-17 year-olds as it is for 18-19 year-olds.

Drive like your grandma is in the car…

For 2018, there have been 213 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of seven since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

I often wonder if these message boards as distracting as texting and driving, just like a lot of the billboards along the side of the road.

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