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Teen driver-involved crashes increase during “100 Deadliest Days”

The more time you spend driving, the better a driver you will likely become, and the same holds true for teenagers who are just starting to learn and understand the rules of the road. Because they lack the driving experience that older motorists have, teenagers are more likely to make driving decisions that endanger everyone else on the roadway, and when more teenagers take to the roads, your crash risks typically rise as a result.

In fact, AAA reports that the span of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year is one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads because so many teenagers are out of school and traveling the state’s roadways. This stretch of time is so hazardous, in fact, that it is known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”

Summer crash statistics

So, just how much danger do you face when you navigate the state and nation’s roadways during this period? Research indicates that your chance of dying in a car crash involving a teenage driver is 14% higher during the 100 Deadliest Day period than it is during the remainder of the year. During the 100 Deadliest Days of 2016, for example, 10 people died every day, with a total of 1,050 people losing their lives in teenage driver-involved car wrecks during that time.

While driver inexperience undoubtedly contributes to the high number of car wrecks that take place each year during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days, many teenagers are also engaging in preventable behaviors that make them even more dangerous on the road. For example, speeding is a common issue among teen drivers, with speed a reported factor in 29% of all road fatalities involving teen drivers during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days. Many teen drivers also appear to struggle with driving at night, with nighttime crashes involving teenagers spiking 22% during the 100 Deadliest Days period, in comparison with the rest of the year.

Each season brings with it specific driving risks, and one of summer’s most notable is the influx of teenage drivers taking to the roadways. If you have teen drivers living in your home, educate them about the dangers of speeding, driving distracted and so on. Doing so just may help save a life.

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