Teenage drivers lack the experience that most older motorists have, so it makes sense that the nation’s roads become more dangerous when more teenagers are taking to them. The summer months, when most teenagers are out of school, have statistically proven to be particularly dangerous for drivers, with the number of teen-driver-involved car wrecks spiking substantially during this time.
According to AAA, the span between Memorial Day and Labor Day is such a dangerous time for car accidents that it has become known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.” Just how risky is it to be on the roads during this period?
100 Deadliest Days statistics
Research shows that the number of people losing their lives in crashes involving teenage drivers on U.S. roads increased by 14% during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days in 2016. About 10 people a day were losing their lives in teenage-driver-involved crashes that year, and many such crashes involved teenagers who were driving at night or speeding.
Speed-related crashes involving teenage drivers
Many teenage drivers are prone to speeding, and nearly 30% of all road deaths caused by teenage drivers occurred with speeding teen drivers. Furthermore, teenage drivers are responsible for one out of every 10 speed-related road deaths nationwide.
Nighttime driving risks
Driving at night is also especially dangerous for teen drivers. During the 100 Deadliest Days, the number of nighttime car wrecks involving teen drivers increases by about 22%. Furthermore, 36% of all road deaths involving teenage drivers within this span take place between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., offering further evidence of the dangers teens face when driving at night.
Parents of a teenage driver should keep tabs on their children and try to limit nighttime driving to the fullest extent possible. Adult motorists may not be able to avoid going out on the roads during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days but should exercise extreme vigilance when doing so.