It’s that time of year again: the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. As we fire up the grills and dust of the bocce ball set, we must also do our due diligence to help prevent unnecessary crashes, injuries, and deaths on our nation’s roads.
Every year, the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when compared to the rest of the year. The spike happens because teens are out of school for the summer and on the road more, explained Dr. David Yang, Executive Director of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. During this time, drivers ages 16 to 17 are nearly four times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to AAA Foundation’s statistics.
“Parents are the front line of defense for keeping our roads safer this summer,” the AAA Director of State Relations said in a press release. “It all starts with educating teens about safety on the road and modeling good behavior, like staying off the phone and buckling your safety belt.”
Each of us can do our part to help prevent vehicle accidents during this dangerous time of the year. Consider the following tips:
- Be a role model for safe driving for younger drivers.
- Remember to share the road, buckle up, and mind the speed limits
- Report aggressive driving (when it’s safe to do so). Some states like New Jersey have a dedicated line to call.
- Drive distraction-free every time you’re behind the wheel.
- Hold yourself and your loved ones responsible for good driver behavior by signing a Safe Driving Agreement.
AAA’s TeenDriving.AAA.com offers a variety of additional tools to help prepare parents and teens for the summer driving season. We wish you safe travels this summer and always!
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).