Studies show that deadliest days of the year for teenage drivers are the 100 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day. More motor vehicle accidents happen when young, inexperienced drivers are behind the wheel during this time. As schools prepare to close for the summer, authorities in Maryland stress the importance of educating teen drivers about the most treacherous driving times of the year.
The American Automobile Association revealed that in 2016, 1,050 people died in car crashes between May and September that involved a teenage driver. According to AAA, that equates to an average of 10 people each day, and it represents a 14 percent increase over the rest of the year. Research shows that teen drivers have higher crash rates than drivers with more experience. The Safety Director for AAA believes that through parental involvement, training and education, young drivers will become better drivers.
Data show that 36 percent of car accidents happen between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and involve a teenage driver. Because of the risk involved, many states, including Maryland, have laws limiting the hours teen drivers can be on the road at night. For teens, nighttime driving and speed are significant factors that contributed towards the number of fatal accidents.
Parents can openly discuss the dangers of unsafe driving and the high risk of motor vehicle accidents with teens to set a good example. Another tip is to create and enforce a teen-parent driving pact that sets limits that are stricter than state laws for teenage drivers. Parents who minimize their bad driving behaviors can become effective role models and help keep their teens safe behind the wheel.