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100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

The “100 Deadliest Days” is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically. Parents are the best line of defense to ensure a safe ride! 

Distraction: According to the AAA Foundation for Safety, Distraction plays a role in nearly six out of 10 teen crashes, four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. The top distractions for teens include talking to other passengers in the vehicle and interacting with a smartphone.

Not Buckling Up: In research published in 2015, 60 percent of teen drivers killed in a crash were not wearing a safety belt. Teens who buckle up significantly reduce their risk of dying or being seriously injured in a crash. And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2019, 47% were not wearing safety belts.

Speeding: Speeding is a factor in nearly 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers. A previous AAA survey of driving instructors found that speeding is one of the top three mistakes teens make when learning to drive.

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Tips to Keep Teen Drivers Safe

Limit Passengers. When a teen driver has their friends in the car, the risk of a crash increases dramatically! Two additional passengers increase the risk of a crash by 158%.

Eliminate Distractions. It’s just not worth the risk! That text, TikTok, or email can wait. Instead, focus on driving, or pull over to a safe location if you must interact with your phone.

Restrict Nighttime Driving. Reduced visibility, inexperience, and driver drowsiness are all factors that make driving at night more dangerous for teens. Curfew restrictions apply during nighttime driving hours for all licensed teens aged 16 & 17.

Obey Posted Speed Limits.  Speed is a factor in more than 33% of all fatal teen crashes. By paying attention and obeying all posted speed limits, we can all greatly reduce the likelihood of being involved in a crash.

Pay Attention. It only takes a second of driver inattention to trigger a fatal outcome. Scanning the road ahead helps you remain alert and be prepared for hazards or traffic conditions.

Buckle Up. Using a safety belt is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Encourage your teens to buckle up every trip, every time.

Never Drive Impaired. Drugs and alcohol can alter your ability, perception, attention, coordination, reaction time, and other skills needed to drive alert and safe. Never ride with an impaired driver and always have a plan to get home safe! Parents, make sure your teen knows they can count on you for a safe ride!

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Help us keep teen drivers safe! We’ve assembled a series of 16 social media graphics and some supporting content to help increase safety and awareness surrounding the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer. Use the button below or click to download the 100 Deadliest Days Social Media Kit, which includes images for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Together, we have the power to effect change and reach zero roadway fatalities and serious injury crashes.

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