3 Tips To Avoid the 100 Deadliest Days For Teens
Memorial Day kicks off what we know as the "unofficial" start to summer. It also starts the 100-day countdown known as the "deadliest days" between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While this timeframe causes more crashes for all drivers as a whole, the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15% compared to the rest of the year.
- 2.6 times as likely as drivers 18 and older to be involved in a fatal crash
- 3.2 times as likely as drivers 30-59 to be involved in a fatal crash
Those are some startling statistics. Avoid these deadly situations with simple safe driving habits that many of us often forget.
- PAY ATTENTION: Distraction plays a role in nearly six out of 10 teen crashes.The top distractions for teens include talking to other passengers in the vehicle and interacting with their cell phone. IT CAN WAIT!
- CLICK IT OR TICKET: Not only is it against the law here in Minnesota but in 2015, 60% of teen drivers killed in a crash were not wearing a safety belt. Teens who buckle up significantly reduce their risk of dying or being seriously injured in a crash.
- SLOW DOWN There are limits for a reason. Speeds of even 10 mph only get your there a minute sooner. Is it worth it? Speeding is a factor in nearly 30% of fatal crashes involving teen drivers.
Remind yourself, teen drivers, anyone who is on the road to pay attention, follow the laws and be safe this summer!
News Update: Multiple Crashes Over Memorial Day Weekend Reported