Being a teenager on the road can be difficult due to a lack of driving experience. On top of that, driving during the summer means that a teenager will face the 100 deadliest days of the year. Here are some important ways for teenagers to stay safe during this time.
The 100 deadliest days of summer
The period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is referred to as the “100 deadliest days.” The reason is because during that time period, the number of fatal teen motor vehicle accidents increases by 15%.
There are many variables at play that cause the rate of fatal accidents to rise so dramatically. Time away from school means teenagers have more time to drive, and they sometimes end up driving in a car full of their friends. More people can mean more distractions, which leads to more accidents. Also, a teen’s lack of driving experience combined with the increased number of people on the road for summer travel will inevitably increase the number of accidents.
Here are some tips that could help keep teenagers safe when driving during the 100 deadliest days of summer. Although this may seem obvious, it is important for teenagers to always drive while wearing a seat belt even if the drive is extremely short. A teenager should also avoid driving at night as much as they can because it is harder to see, and the likelihood of encountering a drunk driver is increased. If possible, teenagers should have their parents accompany them whenever they drive because it can be helpful to have an experienced driver in the car long after it’s required by law.
Teenagers should always be cautious when driving, but they’ll need to be extra cautious when driving throughout the summer. If a reckless driver causes an accident with a teenager, it may be helpful to hire an experienced car accident attorney to hold that driver accountable for their actions.