As we come into the summer months, AAA offers a sobering warning: Memorial Day kicks off the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers, as CNN reports. Over the past several years, the number of vehicle crashes involving teens ages 16-19 has spiked 16 percent per day during the 100-day period following Memorial Day.
Perhaps surprisingly for some, the biggest contributing factor in these crashes isn’t drinking or drugs (although these issues remain a consistent threat). Rather, it’s distracted driving, which contributes to about 60 percent of teen crashes during this season, according to the CNN report.
Why Teens May Be More Distracted Behind the Wheel in Summer
As school lets out, young people experience changes in their normal routines, including behind the wheel, which may contribute to increased distraction in several ways. For example:
Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teens
To help your teen stay safe during the “100 deadliest days,” we recommend the following:
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