If you are the parent of a teenager with access to a vehicle, you should pay close attention to this blog post. You may be unaware that Memorial Day is the start of what traffic safety experts refer to as the 100 Deadliest Days of Driving for teenagers.
AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety has kept annual statistics on the number of car crashes involving teenagers during this ‘100 days’. According to AAA, from 2010 to 2014, more than 5,000 teenagers lost their lives during the 100 deadliest days. These numbers amount to a 16 percent increase in car crashes starting on Memorial Day and lasting throughout the summer. Many of these crashes are preventable. AAA claims 60 percent of these crashes are caused by distracted drivers.
Why are teenage drivers more likely to be involved in collisions during this time of year? Many teenagers are out of school and on the roads during summer. Summer driving is more likely to be for recreational purposes. Teenage drivers during the summer months are also more likely to have passengers who cause distractions.
Can Parents Stop Their Children from Distracted Driving?
If you are a parent, there are ways you might be able to reduce the risk of your child being involved in a car crash during the ‘100 Deadliest Days of Driving’.
Set an example: Children learn behaviors from their parents. Never text, eat or groom while driving, as children can pick up bad driving habits from you.
Check into ‘safe driving apps’: Apps such as Drive Safe Mode, Cellcontrol and SafeDrive can block teenage drivers from texting, sending emails and using apps.
Simply to talk your children: Parents should sit down and discuss potential consequences associated with distracted driving. Keep in mind that distracted driving is not always caused by texting or app use. In fact, other passengers are the biggest distraction for teenage drivers.
Distracted driving crashes are not always fatal, and some survivors may suffer from permanent health complications such as traumatic brain injury or disfigurement.