The Deadliest Driving Season for Teens
With annual events like proms and graduation parties, and, of course, the starts of summer vacation, teens are more likely to be on the road this time of year; but parents beware, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been labeled “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.
According to AAA, an average of 399 teens died in traffic crashes during each of the summer months (May-August), compared to a monthly average of 346 teen deaths during non-summer months. The seven most dangerous days on the road for teens during summer are May 20, May 23, June 10, July 4, July 9, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14.
What can parents do to keep their teens safe?
To keep teens safe during these dangerous months and year round, AAA Insurance suggests the following tips for parents:
MADD also suggests:
In the spring of 2011 the STAND UP act was introduced to the U.S. House and Senate. This legislation would establish minimum federal requirements for state Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) laws and encourage all states to adopt GDL laws that meet those minimum requirements within 3 years. GDL has consistently proven effective in reducing new driver crash risk. MADD supports the STAND UP act and hopes that all states will adopt Graduated Drivers Licensing laws to help keep our teens safe on the road.