Teenagers have the highest risk of being killed in a car accident in the country, and according to the AAA, teens have the highest risk of being in a fatal accident during the summer. Why are teen drivers more likely to be killed in accidents during the summer months compared to the rest of the year?
The AAA reports that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, teens face the highest risk of being involved in a fatal crash. An obvious reason is because more teen drivers are on the road since they are no longer in school and the weather is better. This results in more teens being behind the wheel and thus creates a higher risk for car accidents.
During the summer months, there is a 26 percent increase in teen traffic fatalities in the United States, according to the AAA. They reported that an average of 260 teens die each month during the summer. They also reported that teen drivers are involved in car accidents that kill someone else more often than other drivers, especially during the summer.
Teen drivers face many risks behind the wheel, with distracted driving being one of the most dangerous behaviors. In addition to using a cellphone while driving, teen drivers have a high risk of crashing when they have another teenage passenger in their vehicle. In fact, the risk of a fatal crash increases for each passenger in their vehicle under the age of 21.
The finding that teens have a higher risk of being killed or killing someone in a car accident during the summer is troubling. However, teen drivers, their parents and the general public should be aware of the risks teen drivers pose on the road. Teens and parents should always practice safe driving behaviors and may want to consider taking additional driving education courses to make sure they understand the dangers they face and to protect everyone on the road this summer.
Source: USA Today, "AAA: Teen drivers face greatest risk in summer," Matt Schmitz, June 1, 2014