100 Deadliest Days: A Dangerous Period for Teen Drivers

by Gwen Newell

Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start of summer and, unfortunately, a dangerous time of year for young drivers. The “100 Deadliest Days”, a period that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is when more than 30 percent of deaths involving teen drivers occurs nationwide. That means an average of seven people are killed per day in teen driver-related crashes during that time.

With young adults eager to reconnect with friends and make up for a summer that was ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, inexperienced drivers will spend more time on the roads – increasing the chances of their involvement in a crash. For every mile driven, teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash compared to adults.

Additionally, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens ages 16-19. In fact, six teens are killed each day in crashes that are entirely preventable. Each year, an average 2,081 teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes; 636 of those occurred during the 100 deadliest days. Even the brightest teens have increased risk of being involved in a deadly crash.

AAA Advice for Parents:

  • Talk with teens early and often about abstaining from dangerous behavior behind the wheel, such as speeding, impairment and distracted driving.
  • Teach by example, and minimize risky behavior when you drive.
  • Establish a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers.
  • Conduct at least 50 hours of supervised practice driving with their teen.
  • Enroll your teen in both online and in-person driving courses. You can do so by clicking here

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