We talked a lot on air last week about Kailee Mills, the 16-year old Spring, TX girl tragically killed while taking her seat belt off for a split second. We are about to enter the deadliest time of the year for teen drivers, statistically at least. It’s known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.
100 Deadliest Days Of Summer
The so-called 100 days of summer fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when school is out. In a recent study published by the American Automobile Association, researchers found the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent during this time period compared to the rest of the year. Teens are also three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash during these 100 days. AAA found that top factors in deadly teen crashes are: distracted driving, not buckling up and speeding.
According to We Save Lives, a non-profit highway safety advocacy organization, an average of 260 teens are killed in accidents during the summer months. That’s a 26 percent spike compared to the other months of the year. Meanwhile, AAA’s 2017 report also found that over the past five years, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during this deadly period.
Teen Driver Safety
AAA, along with all of us at the Car Pro Show, urges parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of risky behavior behind the wheel. Parents should also lead by example. Also, have your teen sign a driving pact that sets rules for safe driving. We have a link to one here and AAA also provides a comprehensive contract here.
You can read more about Teen Driver Safety on the AAA’s Keys2Drive website.
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