The period between memorial day and labor day is commonly referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days.” Nationwide, more than 7,000 people die every year in teen driving-related crashes. On average its more than 7 people dying every day during this summer timeframe. According to a study done by the AAA, new teen drivers, around the age of 16 and 17 are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash. Teens during the summer have more free time. During the school year, teens have a fairly structured time behind the wheel. This disappears during the summer. Teens have the freedom to go where ever they want, whenever they want. New driving environments mixed with a lack of experience make a deadly combination.
What Causes This Spike in Crashes?
The reason these crashes happen vary in each situation. However, Teens are especially susceptible to peer pressure. This increases the likelihood that teens will engage in dangerous behavior. Speeding, texting, and impairment are the leading causes of these crashes. engaging in this behavior by itself is dangerous, but all of this combined with a teen driver’s lack of experience heightens the risks associated with these activities.
Coaching Teen Drivers
If your child is getting ready to get behind the wheel, or already is, you’re probably concerned about their safety. You want to know what you can do to make them safer while driving. The most important thing to do is model good driving habits. Don’t text and drive or speed, and also buckle up. Demonstrating good behavior is the best way for your teens to adopt the same good habits. The next important thing is to have a conversation. Set ground rules for your teen when it comes to driving. Talking with your teen on why safety is important, and explaining yourself can go a long way!