The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers – when they are most likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents – are here. As a parent, there’s much that you can do to help your child remain safe behind the wheel.
The American Auto Foundation calls the days between the Labor Day and Memorial Day holidays as the 100 deadliest days for American teen drivers. According to the group, over the past five years, approximately 3,500 teen drivers have died in accidents during these days of the year.
The group has further analysed the causes of accidents involving teen drivers at this time of the year, and finds that as many as 28 percent were caused by speeding drivers. Teens spend more time on the roads during the summer months than any other time of the year. An increase in vehicle miles traveled means an enhanced risk of accidents. Teens are more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors like speeding during this time.
According to estimates, about 17 percent of the serious or fatal accidents during the 100 deadliest days are linked to drunk driving. There are strict laws governing alcohol use, but unfortunately, summer is when many teens find it more tempting to break rules.
The American Auto Association estimates that 9 percent of accidents involving teen drivers during summer are linked to distracted driving. Distracted driving in the context of teens could involve everything from the use of electronic communication devices while driving, to distractions from friends travelling in the car.
This summer, make sure that your teen knows the increased dangers involved in driving during this time of the year. Impress upon him the risks that arise from being distracted by his fellow passengers or using a cell phone while driving. These are rules that should apply to driving at any time of the year, but are even more important in the summer months. There are apps that you can use to make sure that your child’s cell phone blocks calls or incoming messages while driving. Make use of these.
Most importantly, model good driving behaviors for your teen child. It’s delusional to expect your teen to not use a cell phone while driving if you frequently talk on the phone yourself. Always wear a seatbelt while driving. Drive at safe speeds yourself.
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