AAA aims to prepare teen drivers, parents for dangers of summer driving

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As more teen drivers hit the road for summer vacation, the American Automobile Association wants driver to know the hazards of driving and how to best minimize them. 

More than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is an average of 10 people per day – a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year, according to data analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 
 
“The number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the summer is an important traffic safety concern and research shows that young drivers are at greater risk and have higher crash rates compared to older and more experienced drivers,” said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director. “Through education, proper training, and involvement of parents, we can help our young drivers to become better and safer drivers, which in turn keeps the roads safer for everyone.”

36 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. 29 percent of all motor vehicle deaths involving a teen driver were speed-related.

In preparation for the dangerous summer driving period, AAA encourages parents to educate their teens and themselves about risky driving behavior.  Parents should:
•    Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations, such as speeding and nighttime driving.
•    Teach by example and minimize your own risky behavior when behind the wheel.
•    Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits that are stronger than a state’s law, and enforce those limits.

“Not only are risks, like nighttime driving, a particular danger to young drivers, nearly every state also has a law restricting how late teens may be out on the roads,” said Richard Romer, AAA Manager of State Relations. “This is a timely reminder for parents to be actively involved in their teen’s learning-to-drive process, understanding the risks and to be educated on their state’s teen driving law.”

Visit TeenDriving.AAA.com for more information to prepare for the dangerous summer driving season. Visit www.AAAFoundation.org to learn more about the research conducted and the educational materials made by AAA.

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