AAA has given the name “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers to the period of time starting Memorial Day Weekend and ending Labor Day Weekend. For parents of teen drivers this is very concerning. It is reported that teens get into 16% more deadly car crashes, that is 10 deaths a day, during these 100 days of summer. There are many factors that contribute to this statistic. In the summer teens are driving a lot more because they are not just driving to school anymore, they are venturing to the beach, to parks, to places they have never driven. And they are doing it with their friends in the car. The Foundations for Traffic Safety stated that 60% of teen crashes resulted from distracted driving. The 2 major distractions for teens are:
- passengers in the car
- cell phones
If a teen is driving with friends they are 44% more likely to get into a fatal car crash. Many are surprised that texting while driving is not the number one cause of deadly crashes. But passengers are a constant distractions, while texting distracts for a few seconds. Parents should stress to their teens about the dangers of both driving with friends and texting. Distractions in any form take the driver’s eyes away from their sole task of safely driving a car. AAA recommends to teen drivers a complete ban on cell phones while driving, we absolutely agree! Let’s all try to make these 100 Days of Summer a fun and safe time. Drive safely!