Teen Driving Risks Increase During 100 Days of Summer
With summer underway, parents may want to keep a closer eye on their teens’ driving, including who is riding in the car with them.
A study conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest days for teen driving.
The results show that teens are more prone to a variety of distractions while driving.
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According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analyzed by the NSC, nearly 1,000 people were killed in auto accidents involving teenagers from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2012. More than 550 of those killed were teens.
One reason for this spike may be that teens are driving more for recreational purposes on unfamiliar roads rather than their usual direct route to and from school. They are driving more to the lakes and the beach, among other locations they may not be used to driving.
The Council, however, believes that the main cause is that they may be driving more frequently with friends in the car.
According to the NSC, passengers increase the risk for a teen driver to be involved in an accident by 44 percent. This may be because passengers are a continual distraction while driving.
Some states have laws restricted the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle with new drivers, but it is also important for parents to limit their children’s driving with others in the vehicle.
A few simple changes to your teen’s driving rules could make the roads a safer place for not only them, but everyone else on the roads as well.
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