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Teen driver-involved crashes spike during 100 Deadliest Days

Summer is a time for fun and freedom for many teens but it is also a dangerous period on the roads. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.

During these months, the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers rises sharply. Understanding the reasons behind this spike can help prevent accidents and save lives.

Increased driving time

During the summer, teens have more free time because school is out. Many teens use this time to drive more often, whether for social outings, part-time jobs or family vacations. This increased time on the road raises the likelihood of accidents. With more teens behind the wheel, the chances of crashes naturally increase.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is a key factor in many teen-related accidents. Teens often use their phones while driving to text, check social media or navigate. Even a few seconds of distraction can lead to a serious accident. Other common distractions include eating, talking with passengers and adjusting the radio. Teens need to understand the importance of focusing on the road to reduce the risk of crashes.

Driving with friends

Many teens enjoy driving with friends during the summer. However, having multiple passengers in the car can lead to more distractions and risky behavior. Studies show that the presence of other teens increases the likelihood of an accident. Peer pressure can also encourage reckless driving, such as speeding or not wearing seat belts.

By staying focused on the road and making responsible choices, teens can help reduce the number of crashes and make summer a safer season for everyone.