Now is about the time when schools let out for summer and teens are anxious to hang out with friends and enjoy the freedom that comes with the season. If you have a newly-licensed teen driver under your roof, it’s important to know what dangers they may face during this time period.
Year after year, the number of fatal teen accidents increases during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day—as a result, this notorious period is known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.
Common Dangers for Teen Drivers
According to AAA, more than 5,000 people died in car crashes during the 100 Deadliest Days between 2010 and 2014. On average, about 260 teens lose their lives each month during the summer, an increase of 26% compared to other months of the year.
The major risk factors that lead to the increase in fatal teen car accidents during this time include:
- Inexperienced drivers
- Drinking and driving
- Distracted driving
- Recreational driving
How Parents Can Keep Teens Safe
Parents and other supportive adults play a key role in keeping teens safe during this time and empowering them to make the right choices. Here are some ways that you can promote safety above all else:
- “Do Not Disturb” Mode. Have your teen put their phone on “do not disturb” mode while driving so they aren’t tempted to read or answer texts while behind the wheel.
- Limit Passengers. Rowdy passengers can pressure your teen motorist to speed, drink and drink, or otherwise drive negligently. Limit the number of passengers they are allowed to transport at any given time.
- Daylight Hours Only. The risks of driving at night are present for even the most experienced drivers, but these risks can be even more unsafe for teen drivers. You can make a rule only permitting them to drive during daylight hours or in emergencies.
- Set a Good Example. Your teens look to you, as a parent, to set an example for their own driving behaviors; always make sure you drive defensively, especially when your teens are in the car with you.
Helping Your Family Through Tough Times
We hope you never need our services during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, but if you do, Klein Frank, P.C. is here to help your family get through tough times. With over 60 years of combined legal experience, you can have confidence that we will do everything it takes to obtain a favorable outcome on your behalf.
Contact our Boulder car accident attorneys at (303) 448-8884 to get started with a free, personalized case review.