Summer brings ‘100 deadliest Days’ for teens

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A new report from AAA calls the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the “100 deadliest days” for teens. During this time, there is a spike in motor vehicle crashes involving teens.

Learning to drive can be nerve-wracking for parents and students.

“It’s scary getting out on the road at 16 cause you’re trying to make sure you don’t hit nobody and you see the news all these accidents and you’re like oh my God, I don’t want to hit nobody,” said Raven Lamb, student driver.

“Car crashes are the number one killer of teens and summertime is no exception. Last year saw an average of 10 fatal crashes per day involving teen drivers,” said Richard Romer with AAA.

Nighttime driving is a major factor, with 36 percent of deadly teen crashes occurring between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.  About 29 percent of crashes are speed-related.

New, high-tech features such as Chevrolet’s teen driver technology can help parents keep an eye on new drivers when they aren’t in the car.

“Parents can go in check report card to see distance traveled, how many times safety features went off, their top speeds,” said Tricia Morrow, GM global safety engineer.

Hum by Verizon is another option.  The device offers speed alerts and a safety score as well as maintenance reminders and roadside assistance.

“If there are forms of technology that can get parents more engaged and involved in their teens lives during this dangerous period, it can only help,” said Richard Romer, AAA.
 
 You can find more safe driving tips here. 

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