With teens out of school for the summer, the roads receive an increase
in teen drivers, which also leads to an increase in motor vehicle accidents.
This period of time is often referred to as the “100 deadliest days,”
according to AAA. In fact, about 1,000 individuals die in crashes with
teen drivers during that brief span of time every year, which averages
to about 10 deaths per day.
Among these crashes, 58.5% were caused by driver distractions, including
talking on cell phones and texting, according to Lytx DriveCam camera
footage reviewed by the University of Iowa. In the seconds before a crash,
it was revealed that 15% were speaking to other passengers in the car,
12% were on a cell phone, and 11% were looking at or paying attention
to something inside the vehicle.
In a survey from 2007 to 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
found that the percentage of young drivers, ranging from the ages of 16
to 24, seen using a hand-held device quadrupled from 1% to 4.8%. The Virginia
Tech Transportation Institute found that use of a hand-held device increases
a driver’s risk of a crash 23 times more than those who are not
distracted by cell phones.
Supporting Safe Driving Habits
If you have a teen driver in your household, here are some helpful tips
to help prevent them from being involved in a fatal accident this summer:
Restrict driving to daytime: Accidents can happen anytime, of course, but driving is inherently more
dangerous in the evening. About 40% of all fatal crashes involving teenage
drivers occur between 9 PM and 6 AM.
Restrict the number of passengers: Young and inexperienced drivers carrying multiple passengers are more
likely to be involved in a fatal accident. When carrying three or more
young passengers, the risk of an accident quadruples due to the increased
distractions they tend to present.
Continue driving practice: Passing a driver’s test does not mean your teen driver is perfect.
Their youth and inexperience make them weaker and far less prepared for
any unexpected obstacles or situations on the road. Parents should encourage
continued driving practice with their teens to reinforce good driving
habits and practices.
Provide important safety reminders: Out of any age group, teens have the worst seat belt use rate, which is
also a factor in their higher rate of fatalities. Remind your teen driver
to remember to wear a seat belt, not to use a cell phone while driving,
and not to speed.
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