With the recent passing of Memorial Day, teens have now entered into the “100 deadliest days.” This period spans from Memorial Day to Labor Day, during a time when teenagers are primarily out of school for the summer. While Memorial Day signifies the beginning of summer—which is a time of relaxation and fun—it is also the start of the “100 deadliest days” on the road for teen drivers.
According to AAA, teenagers are driving more over the summer than during the school year. As a result, more teen motorists die in car accidents between these two summer holidays, which is why this period has become known as the “100 deadliest days.”
Unfortunately, the crash risks increase for teen drivers over the summer because they often drive more miles, transport teen passengers, and don’t have as much supervision. This is why summertime is often a dangerous time for teens to be behind the wheel. According to AAA, approximately 260 teens are killed in traffic accidents every month between May and August, which is about 26 percent more teen fatalities than during other months of the year.
What Parents Can Do to Help
If you have a teen driver, it is important that you take the following steps to reduce your teen’s risk of being in a Florida car accident over the summer:
- Have safe driving habit discussions. It is important to model the right driving behavior and establish a parent-teen driving agreement, according to AAA. This way teens will know what parents expect of them.
- Don’t allow your teen driver to transport other teen passengers. A teen’s risk of a fatal crash increases with each young passenger in the car.
- Discuss the dangers associated with texting while driving and talking on a cellphone and driving. Use an app to disable your child’s cellphone while the car is in motion.
- Set a curfew so that your teen isn’t driving past 9 p.m. The chance of a fatal teen crash occurring at night increases twofold.
- Help your teen driver become an even better driver. Have times to supervise your teen driver so that you can teach him or her how to drive safer, how to recognize hazards, and how to make better decisions behind the wheel.
When parents are involved in their teen’s driving such as discussing safety tips and where and when they can go, it will help decrease a teen’s crash risk.
If your teenager was involved in a car wreck, it doesn’t necessarily mean your teenager was at fault for the crash. Another driver could have been negligent and distracted, and your teen driver may be due compensation for his or her injuries and damages. To work with a skilled South Florida accident attorney, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a free consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today.