Parents Urged to Prep Teen Drivers for “The 100 Deadliest Days”

As many high school students prepare for prom and summer vacation, their excitement could easily manifest into reckless or distracted driving on the road. For this reason, parents are encouraged to prepare their teen drivers to travel safely during what has been dubbed “The 100 Deadliest Days.”

Distracted Driving During the 100 Deadliest Days

Drivers of all ages are faced with dangerous driving conditions each time they get behind the wheel. However, according to auto club AAA and Volvo, teen drivers in particular are more prone to distracted driving or dangerous driving conditions during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The time frame, known as “The 100 Deadliest Days,” is said to be more dangerous because teens are out of school, on the roads at later times in the day and possibly are more excited because they have fewer responsibilities this time of the year.

AAA reports that for teens ages 16 to 17-years-old, July and August are considered the deadliest months of the year.

Discuss Road Safety with Teen Drivers

Research conducted by the AAA Foundation, along with other organizations, have determined that while it may be impossible to prevent teen drivers from facing the dangers of the road, discussing road safety with them improves their chances of making good choices while driving.

Young drivers are less likely to engage in risky driving behavior when they talk about driving with their parents, research has shown. Of course, not only does safe driving help to remove your teen from danger, but it also helps to keep your auto insurance rates low.

If you’re looking to educate your teen on ways to remain safe on the road, here are some tips to consider:

  • Always insist that all passengers wear their seatbelts
  • Never drink and drive
  • Obey speed limits and other posted signs
  • Limit the number of passengers in a vehicle
  • Do not use a cell phone for any reason while operating the vehicle
  • Avoid distractions like eating, driving or adjusting the radio while driving
  • Limit nighttime driving

With vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for young Americans, don’t let your teens get behind the wheel without properly educating them on road safety. Doing so can not only keep your insurance rates low, but also increase their chances of coming home safely every night.