SUMMER IS A DEADLY TIME FOR TEEN DRIVERS
While many Tennessee residents consider Memorial Day the official start of the summer season, it is also the start of the most dangerous time of year for teen drivers. Over 5,000 people perished in teen driver related accidents during summer months from 2010 to 2014, making the 100 days following Memorial Day some of the deadliest for young drivers, according to CNN. In fact, compared to other times of the year teen drivers are 16 percent more likely to be in a crash during those 100 days.
With teens and college kids out of school, they are more likely to be traveling and more likely to be driving at night. They are also more likely to have passengers. However, having friends in the car is apparently one of the biggest risks for teen drivers as it increases their chances of being in a fatal accident by 44 percent. In fact, interactions with passengers are more likely to cause an accident for teen drivers than technology one study found.
While interacting with passengers is the biggest distraction for teens, texting and cellphone use are a close second. According to Newsmax, cellphones factored into crashes 12 percent of the time for teen drivers. The other big distraction reported by teens was searching for an object in the car, which happened in 11 percent of accidents.
This has led to efforts by many states to limit the number of passengers new drivers are permitted to have in their vehicles. However, the greatest factor that may influence a teen's driving habits are their parents. Talking to their children about safe driving and leading by example appear to the best deterrents parents can provide.