Summer and Teen Drivers

Starting with Memorial Day and for the next 100 days, ten people die every day during the summer involving a teen driver.

You might be surprised to learn that the number one distraction for teen is talking or attending to other passengers followed by talking or texting or operating a cellphone; and looking at something or someone in the vehicle is number three.

Over the past five years during the summer 100 Deadliest Days:  An average of 1,022 people died each year in crashes involving teen drivers. The average number of deaths from crashes involving teen drivers ages 16-19 increased by 16% per day compared to other days of the year.

How to prepare your teen, here are some resources:  TeenDriving.AAA.com.  A few tips:

  • Don't ride with teen drivers or transport other teens while a new driver. One of the most dangerous sources of distraction for teen drivers, whether due to horseplay, loud music, rowdy behavior or peer pressure, is teen passengers. 
  • Minimize various potential distractions, such as eating, drinking, chatting with a passenger, reading a map, personal grooming, reaching for things in the car or looking at people or objects unrelated to the driving task.
  • Don't allow a cell phone to be used in the vehicle by you or your teen.  

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