It’s not a surprise to hear that automobile accidents are a leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Administration has studied the phenomena and found that immaturity and inexperience are the primary factors that lead to teen car accidents. No surprise there either. But unfortunately, there’s no magic solution to this. No easy route to protect your kids. The only real solution is time and gaining more experience. However, another recent study found that some states are safer than others for teen driving.
There is good news for those of us here on Long Island and in Wantagh! The new study by wallethub.com found that our own state of New York is the safest state for teen driving; Hawaii is a close second. Who came in last? It might surprise you – South Dakota.
Wallethub’s study measures 16 key metrics to rank the states for safety. They consider the number of teen drivers in each state, the average cost of car repairs, impaired-driving laws, and teen driver fatalities, among others. Each state is ranked in three categories: safety conditions, economic environment and driving laws, and then compared as a whole.
No matter which state you’re in, summer is notoriously the most dangerous season for teen drivers. Many teens are getting their new license, and are out of school with fewer responsibilities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the monthly average last year for teen deaths on roadways was 235. This year, deaths have spiked to 276 in June and 290 in July.
While there’s no easy fix to keep your kids safe behind the wheel, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a difference. Statistics have shown that parents who are active in their kids’ driving education are more likely to raise safe drivers. Other factors include staying aware of where your kids are and what they’re doing. It is even suggested that making your kids wait to get their licenses could help.
If you’re looking for a safe and reliable car for your teen, stop by Wantagh Mazda today!
Sunday, June 15 is Father’s Day, and Wantagh Mazda is celebrating by giving you the opportunity to win free detailing service by simply uploading a photo of you and the most important man in your life!
Entry is quite easy: just visit and like our Wantagh Mazda Facebook page and click on the Father’s Day Photo Contest tab. Upload a photo of you and your dad doing whatever it is you guys like to do! Whether it’s playing catch in the front yard, working on the Mazda3 in the garage, or grilling steaks on the deck. Be sure to title your photo and give us a brief description of what’s going on in the photo, and tell us what your father means to you. After you submit your photo, share with all your friends because….
The submitted photo that receives the most votes will receive a complete detailing package from Wantagh Mazda. That gets you a wash & wax, tire and wheel cleaning, tire dressing, full interior cleaning, plus interior and exterior window cleaning.
Let the world know why your dad is such a great guy by entering our Father’s Day Photo Contest! Contest ends Monday, June 16. No purchase necessary to win.
June is just around the corner and that means summer! Do you taking any summer vacations this year? What about just a weekend road trip? We hope so! You deserve a break – if only just for a few days!
If you are planning to take off in your car somewhere, we have some tips to help you prepare your car. We want to make sure you don’t run into any bumps or hiccups along the road during your summer travels!
Get a tune up.Schedule an appointment with our great service department here at Wantagh Mazda . James, Gary and their staff will make sure your car is ready to hit the road. We can change your oil and check your battery, tire, fluids, brakes, and anything else you might need. We’re even offering a special on all these things too – check it out HERE!
Pack lightly. Clean out your car and remove any unnecessary items. Check the load limit on your car so you don’t overload it. Note: this limit does include passengers. Besides heeding this limit for safety, any extra weight will only decrease your fuel efficiency.
Bring a GPS. Most people have smartphones now that have a GPS program incorporated into the phone. If you have a standalone unit, consider bringing that along, too.
Be prepared. Pack an emergency kit in your trunk. This includes basic first aid supplies along with at least a flashlight, blanket, water, and snacks, etc
Drive safely. Don’t drive when you’re feeling sleepy. Take a break or switch with another driver.
Have fun. You’re on vacation, enjoy it!
So we want to know! Where are the roads taking you this summer?
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