Can Homework Put Your Teen Driver at Risk?

On average, most high school students are assigned as much as 17.5 hours of homework a week. And that is for the students taking basic level classes. The students who are taking honors courses can be assigned over 22 hours of homework a week.

Because of this, a large number of students are staying up past 10 pm completing assignments. Some students with after school activities stay up even later. So by the time the Friday football game rolls around, a majority of students are pretty exhausted ,but tend to power through it so they can mingle with friends and cheer on their team.

Teen Drivers need to be aware of the consequences of drowsy driving, also known as sleep-deprived driving.

As parents you want to keep an eye out for some of the following symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Falling asleep or dozing off at the dinner table.
  • Difficulty focusing.
  • Excessive yawning.
  • Head nodding while doing homework.

If your teen is showing any of the following symptoms, or flat out tells you that they are tired you may want to consider driving them to the game, or even to school a couple of days a week if it’s doable.

Make sure your teen is getting enough sleep and try to stick to a consistent homework schedule. This way they aren’t up until 1 am studying. Also, let your teen know about the warning signs of drowsy driving and let them know to call if they feel too tired to drive themselves.

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