How to Keep Your Teen Safe During The ‘100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers’

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🗞️ The Gist: The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, known as the “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers,” sees a significant increase in fatal crashes involving teen drivers. As a parent, there are some proactive steps to keep your teen safe on the road during this time.

🚨 Why It Matters: Teen drivers are more susceptible to dangerous driving behaviors due to inexperience, leading to a higher risk of fatal crashes during the summer months when they have more free time to spend on the road.

📊 By the Numbers:

  • Nearly 6,700 people were killed in teen driver-related crashes during the “100 Deadliest Days” from 2013 to 2022.
  • In 2022, 707 people died in these crashes, a 10% increase compared to pre-pandemic 2019.
  • For every mile driven, new teen drivers (ages 16-17) are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash than adults.

🔍 Common Risk Factors for Teen Drivers:

  • Distracted driving, especially from electronics and teen passengers, plays a role in nearly 60% of teen crashes.
  • Speeding is a factor in nearly 30% of fatal crashes involving teen drivers.
  • Not wearing a seatbelt significantly increases the risk of death or serious injury in a crash.

👪 AAA’s Advice for Parents:

  1. Lead by example and minimize risky driving behaviors.
  2. Conduct at least 50 hours of supervised practice driving in various conditions.
  3. Teach defensive driving skills to help teens anticipate and avoid potential hazards.
  4. Establish a parent-teen driving agreement outlining rules, consequences, and rewards.

🎓 AAA Offers Online Driving Course:

  • “How to Drive Online” is a 25-hour supplemental course featuring research-based curriculum, interactive exercises, and an optional parent session to help educate parents on the learning-to-drive process.

💡 Tips for Keeping Your Teen Safe:

  • Set clear expectations and boundaries for your teen’s driving privileges.
  • Encourage open communication about their driving experiences and concerns.
  • Regularly review and reinforce safe driving habits with your teen.
  • Consider using technology, such as apps or vehicle features, to monitor and limit risky driving behaviors.

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