If it makes you feel uneasy to be a passenger in a car driven by a teenager, you have good reason to feel anxious. Teenagers inherently lack the driving experience older motorists have, which can lead to problems on the roadway. Some of them also take risks behind the wheel that endanger themselves, you and everyone else.
Per AAA, the period of time that falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year is an especially risky time to travel roadways. This is largely due to the fact that teenage drivers are out of class for the summer. More teenage drivers means more teenage-driver-involved car crashes. There is such an uptick in the number of teenager-involved crashes, and teenage driver-involved road fatalities, that occur during this time that it has been deemed as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”
By the numbers
Just how dangerous is it to be on the roads during the 100 Deadliest Days of summer? In 2016, more than 1,050 people died in teenager-involved car crashes during this span, which is a 14% increase when compared to the number of fatalities involving teenagers that took place during the remainder of the year.
Also, there were certain elements that many of 2016’s fatal car wrecks involving teenage drivers had in common. Speed, for example, was often a contributor, playing a role in nearly 30% of teen driver-involved road fatalities. Driving at night also appears to be an issue for teenagers, with 36% of teenager-involved road deaths occurring between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
While there is only so much you can do as a driver or passenger when other motorists drive negligently, there are some things you can do as a parent if you have teenage drivers who live in your home. Inform them of the dangers associated with speeding, distracted driving, drinking and driving and the like, and make sure they are well aware of the consequences associated with doing so.