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Back to school crashes: Avoiding college collisions

When students head back to college or go there for the first time, it means that hundreds of people still new to driving are converging in one place. According to the College Parents of America, around 70 percent of college-aged students have access to vehicles or own their own. That means that around seven out of 10 students could be driving on campus, resulting in congested roads and a risk for collisions.

Since the first year of college is a time where students may try to explore their options and find themselves, there's a high risk of students drinking and driving, driving while drowsy and making poor driving-related decisions. Statistics have shown that younger drivers are more likely to drive when they shouldn't due to being tired, distracted or drunk, which is a serious problem on a campus.

How can you help make sure your child doesn't get into a collision?

Talk to your child about the importance of staying sober behind the wheel and having a designated driver if he or she intends on drinking at a party. Discuss alternative options for getting home if he or she cannot find a designated driver, so your college-aged child doesn't feel driving is the only option.

Distracted driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, so place importance on paying attention to the roads. While it might seem like no big deal to check a text message or to drive with multiple friends in the car, both situations can be a recipe for an accident. In fact, drivers in their 20s make up around 27 percent of the distracted divers in fatal collisions, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

College is a time of exploration, but it can come at a cost. Talk to your child now about the risks, so he or she can make the right decisions in the future.

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