According to the American Safety Council, more teens will be involved in fatal accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day than throughout the other months, resulting in this time being known as the 100 Deadly Days of Summer for teens. Overall, eight out of the ten deadliest days for teenagers on the roadways fall within the days from the Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Specifically, the deadliest days for teens include July 2nd, 3rd and 4th, August 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 12th and September 2nd. These same statistics confirm that auto collisions are the number one killer of teens, particularly during the summer months when they may be driving with other teens, in unfamiliar areas.
2012 statistics show that nearly 1,000 people were killed in car collisions which involved a teen driver during this 100 days. Of those killed, 550 were teenagers. Aside from car accidents, teens may be involved in water accidents while boating or engaging in other water sports, in motorcycle or four-wheeler accidents, or in sports-related accidents. The summer months simply offer more opportunities for teen accidents as they gather with friends to enjoy summer activities. As far as teenage driving, across the board, teens are simply the worst drivers on the roadways. At this age, teens simply lack the experience necessary to know how to react to an emergency and are also the group most likely to engage in distracted driving.
The statistics regarding teen driving and motor vehicle crashes are truly chilling:
While there are no foolproof methods for ensuring your teen will stay safe over the summer months, there are certain things you can do to increase their odds of avoiding a car accident. Consider the following strategies for lowering the likelihood your teen will be involved in a car crash this summer:
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