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100 Deadly Days of Summer for Teens is HERE

Group of happy teens | 100 Deadly Days of SummerAccording 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:

  • During the summer months an average of 260 teens will die each month in a car accident—a 26 percent increase when compared to other months of the year.
  • Teenage drivers have the highest collision rate of any other age group.
  • Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
  • While teens have a high rate of dying in car crashes, they also have the highest rates of crash involvement which results in the death of others.
  • The crash risk for teens is the highest during the first year of unsupervised driving.
  • The largest proportion of fatal teenage car collisions involve drivers who are 16-17 years old, and occur between 9:00 p.m. and midnight.

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Keeping Your Teen Safe during the 100 Deadly Days of Summer

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:

  • Talk to your teen (more than once) about the dangers of texting and driving. Have your teen pledge not to text and drive, and, if you doubt their ability to keep that pledge, consider installing an app on your teen’s phone which will prevent them from texting and driving. TXTShield is one such app which shuts down the phone’s ability to text at speeds above 10 mph, sending an automatic response to the person who texted to let them know your teen is driving.
  • Have the same conversations with your teen about drinking and driving. Let them know that not on

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