During the summertime, when more teenagers are out of school and on the roads, car crash risks increase for individuals across all age groups. The span of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is such a dangerous time to be on the road that safety advocates began dubbing it summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”
Why is the 100 Deadliest Days stretch such a dangerous time to be on the road, and what might help motorists stay safe on the roads this summer?
Why teen driving dangers increase
Teen motorists lack experience, and this alone makes them a threat to everyone on the roadway. Yet, when teen drivers engage in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, they endanger not only themselves but everyone else in the vicinity.
Teens who speed, drive distracted or drive under the influence all increase the chances of car wrecks. Also, teens who drive with teenage passengers in their cars also increase crash risks. Research shows that when a teen driver has a teenage passenger in the car, the chance of a crash increases by 44%.
What parents of teens might do to enhance safety
Parents of teenage motorists might be able to enhance roadway safety by limiting when, where and how their teens drive. Restricting teens from driving with teen passengers present helps reduce crash risks. So, too, does teaching teen drivers about the dangers associated with using their phones or otherwise driving while distracted.
While parents who make such efforts enhance safety for everyone, research shows that many parents actually relax, rather than stiffen, teen driving rules during the summertime.