The 100 deadliest days of summer in California are nearly upon us. This is the designation for the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During this time, the number of fatal car crashes involving teen drivers is known to increase. Over 7,000 of them were killed in crashes in the years between 2010 and 2019.
Defining the deadliest days of the summer
Motor vehicle accidents that involve teen drivers are on an upswing. This is due to a number of factors. More drivers than ever are on the roads following the end of the recent pandemic lock down. Many of these drivers are teens. On top of this, summer is the time during which school lets out. A high percentage of these drivers are going to be teens.
During 2018, teen drivers were involved in 955,913 crashes across the U.S. This led to 4,000 fatalities as well as 359,268 serious injuries. The chances of a joy ride ending in a fatal crash increased when two or more teens were riding together in the same car. The likelihood of distraction added to the danger.
A lack of experience can be fatal
The high number of fatal crashes crashes caused by teen drivers is largely due to their lack of experience behind the wheel. Teens are more likely than any other group of drivers to be prone to distractions. This can come from conversations with other teens in the car or distractions due to their cell phones.
There is also the fact that drinking and driving is very common among teen drivers. Alcohol impairs the ability of a driver to make correct judgments. It can lead to a situation where a driver’s reaction time is seriously reduced. Add this to a lack of driving experience and the result can quickly prove fatal.
Now is the time for parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of impaired or distracted driving. You can set limits to their time behind the wheel. A curfew for driving hours may save lives. Set them a good example by driving carefully yourself.