Teenage drivers and their passengers should know we are now in the 100 Deadliest Days on the Road. In fact, all drivers should be aware of this.
The 100 Deadliest Days encompass the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to AAA, more than 1,050 people were killed in car accidents involving teenage drivers during this period in 2016. That is an average of 10 people per day – a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year.
Speed and nighttime driving are factors for car crashes involving teenage drivers. According to the report, 29 percent of all motor vehicle deaths involving teen drivers were speed-related in 2016. In addition, 36 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involving teenage drivers occurred between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
What’s even scarier is the increase in the risk of deaths when there are teenage passengers. Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that when a teenage driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people increased 51 percent, In contrast, when older passengers (35 or older) ride with a teen driver, overall fatality rates in crashes decreased 8 percent.
In preparation for this dangerous summer driving period, AAA encourages parents to educate their teens and themselves about risky driving behavior and provides the following recommendations:
- Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations such as speeding, distractions and nighttime driving.
- Teach by example and minimize your own risky behavior when behind the wheel.
- Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits that are stronger than a state’s law, and enforce those limits.
- Don’t just let anyone drive your teenager around. Let your teenager know that they can always call you for a ride home if they do not feel safe in a car.
Car accidents are horrible, but they are even worse when a child dies. Let’s all take steps to make these 100 Deadliest Days just a bit less dangerous. Whether you have teenage drivers in your home or not, let’s all drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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