When picturing summer, most people think of lazy days spent by the pool, parties with family and friends, and road trips to the beach. What many people do not consider is that the period between Memorial Day and Labor is also the 100 deadliest days on the road, especially for teen drivers.
Why are these 100 days so deadly?
There is no exact answer as to why this time is so much more dangerous than the rest of the year, but the American Automobile Association (AAA) believes that teens may largely be to blame:
- Because school is out, more teens are out on the road. According to the AAA, teen driving behaviors endanger everyone on the road. Between 1994 and 2013, over 65 percent of people killed and injured in accidents involving teen drivers were people other than the driver.
- During the summer, teens (and other age groups) are more likely to drink and engage in other reckless behaviors.
- Teen drivers are also more likely to drive distracted, according to Distraction.gov. Before your teen’s next trip, be sure he checks out these ways to avoid distracted driving. Also make sure that your teen does not allow his passengers to distract him from driving. According to the National Safety Council, teen drivers are 44 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal crash if there are passengers in the car.
- Teens may also be driving on unfamiliar roads, which could increase the probability of an accident.
Teens are not the only reason for the upswing in summer traffic deaths. Summer is historically a time to host parties and get together with loved ones, which may lead more people to drink and drive.
What can you do to reduce the risk of deadly driving?
The first and most important thing you can do to ensure teen driver safety is to be a role model for your kids or for younger family members. Because children and teens are more likely to mimic the behavior of older family members, make sure that you are not doing anything that you would not want your children, younger siblings, or nieces and nephews doing.
- Never drink and drive. Always be sure to set up a designated driver or allow a sober family member to drive you home.
- Never text and drive. If your teen sees you texting behind the wheel, he will likely think it is acceptable to do so.
- Drive defensively always. Make sure that you are ready to react to all situations you may face behind the wheel.
The car accident attorneys at the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz understand that even if you do everything right behind the wheel, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one suffered injury in a car accident, contact Jason for legal help today: 404-474-0804.