What exactly are the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer? The term “100 Deadliest Days” was coined by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which tracks data to determine the deadliest driving times in America. According to their data, these days are between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Why? Because during this time period, teen drivers go on a wild ride that results in an increase in crashes for them.
Why does this happen? There are several reasons why teens get into more car accidents during summertime:
They haven't been driving as long or at all before they start driving full time.
Their parents aren't around as much to keep an eye on them while they're behind the wheel.
Teens tend to spend more time with their friends than doing anything else—including working part-time jobs or going to school full-time like adults do (and therefore need cars more often). This means they spend more time on roads and highways than usual and may be less careful about how they drive because lack of experience makes it harder for them to realize when something can go wrong if certain actions aren't taken carefully enough!
Increasing Death Toll
Teen drivers are more likely to be in a collision on Saturday and Sunday nights. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that teen drivers have a higher crash rate during these times, as well as during the evening and nighttime hours.
Alcohol played a role in 25% of all teen driving deaths that occurred on weekends during the 100 Deadliest Days time period.
Nationally, 41% of all deadly crashes involving teen drivers occurred when they were speeding.
Be Wary Of The Roads At Night
One of the most dangerous things teens do is drive at night. This is especially true during the summer when teens are on summer break and have more time to go out with friends. But driving at night can be much more dangerous than driving during the day, so it’s important for parents to have this conversation with their children before they start driving alone.
According to a study published by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen driving accidents are more likely to happen at night than during the day—and many of these crashes occur between 10 p.m. and midnight (the 100 Deadliest Days). Teens aged 16–17 are twice as likely than adults to be involved in fatal traffic accidents from midnight until 6 a.m., according to data from 2015–2017 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The average number of teen car accidents is 5,000 per year. That's an average—it includes all ages and types of car accidents. It also includes people who are not teens but are still driving cars as teenagers, which is a thing that happens sometimes.
So what does this mean for you? Well, if you're a teenager and want to stay alive in your car this summer (and beyond), it means that there are about 5,000 other teenagers out there who have made the same decision about their safety that you have—they've decided to drive around without dying at least once in the next few months.
Alcohol And Driving
Alcohol is a significant risk factor for car crashes, especially for teen drivers. In fact, alcohol played a role in 25% of all weekend driver deaths that occurred during the 100 Deadliest Days time period. That's why it's important to take steps to limit your drinking when you are behind the wheel or riding as passengers with others who have been drinking as well.
The best way to keep yourself and those around you safe is by driving responsibly at all times. If you’re busy texting while driving, even if you're only going 5 mph over the speed limit, it can lead to an accident that results in serious injuries—or worse! Research shows that teens who text and drive are up to four times more likely to get into an accident than those who don't use their phones while behind the wheel.*
If you need help getting somewhere safely without being distracted by apps like Google Maps on your phone, try using a GPS tracking device instead—it'll pair with your smartphone so you can still follow directions without taking your eyes off of the road!
Staying Safe This Summer
If you're a parent and want to keep your teens safe on the road this summer, there are several things you can do. First and foremost, supervise them. If they want to go away for summer break or go to parties or events with friends and family, they should plan ahead and arrange carpools or rideshares with adults, so no one gets behind the wheel when they're tired or distracted.
Another option is using public transportation such as buses, trains, or taxis instead of driving yourself. This will allow you more time with your kids while keeping them safe from unnecessary risks.
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