Teen car accidents can happen almost anytime and anywhere in the Cleveland area. When teens turn 16 and get a driver’s license, it is extremely important for parents to consider particular safety issues that teen drivers face, and to plan accordingly.
Some times of the year are more dangerous than others for teen drivers. As a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety explains, the “100 Deadliest Days” occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and parents should know that this is a particularly dangerous time of the year for teens to be on the road. While the coronavirus pandemic and stay-home orders may change some of teen driving statistics during the 100 Deadliest Days in 2020, it is nonetheless a good idea to know about the possibility of a serious car accident.
Teens are Out of School on Summer Break
Why are the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day among the deadliest? One of the big reasons is that teen drivers are out of school, and many of them are spending more time behind the wheel of a car. Even if teens drive to school, they are typically on the road during daylight hours and for less time overall. Once school is out, however, many teens do not have to get to sleep in order to wake up for high school in the morning.
As such, teens spend more time driving, and they also spend more time in automobiles with other teen drivers. Having one or more teen vehicle occupants can greatly increase the risk of a collision. In addition, during the 100 Deadliest Days, teens spend more time driving at night.
Nighttime Driving is a Serious Problem
During summer break, more teens are on the road at night. According to the AAA study, nighttime driving is one of the most dangerous activities for teens. To be sure, about 36% of teen driving accident fatalities happen between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. During the 100 Deadliest Days, there is an increase of fatal teen driving accidents by about 22%.
Certainly the stay-home orders in Ohio and other states may limit the time that teens spend behind the wheel, but as summer days approach, it is important to know the serious risks associated with the upcoming time of year.
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Many teen drivers cause car crashes as a result of their own errors, but teens can also be involved in collisions caused by others drivers’ mistakes on the road or negligent behaviors. Many teens are injured in collisions for which they are not at fault, but which might have been avoided by a more experienced driver.
Based on statistics, the days after Memorial Day are among the deadliest for teens in Ohio and throughout the U.S. Although that data may change this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it is nonetheless important to be aware of the risks.
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