The period of 100 days that extends between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be deadly for North Carolina drivers. This is all the more true when it comes to the case of teen drivers. Younger drivers have a great deal less experience behind the wheel. They are also prone to behaviors that can lead to crashes.
Teen drivers are at risk during summer
The potential for fatal motor vehicle accidents is increased when teen drivers are entered into the equation. Between 2010 and 2019, over 7,000 people died in crashes that were related to teens. Because of their lack of driving experience, teens are more likely to get distracted. Their reactions to hazards on the road may not be the right ones.
The 100 days of summer have traditionally been a time for higher rates of fatal crashes for many different age groups. However, teens have been hit the hardest. In the year 2018 alone, authorities recorded a total of 955,913 crashes. 4,000 of these crashes resulted in fatalities. There were 359,268 serious injuries.
Teen drivers can engage in risky behavior
There are plenty of factors that can lead to an increased risk of accidents behind the wheel. The lack of maturity that many teen drivers exhibit can lead to actions such as not wearing their seat belts. They may also have a tendency to engage in behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, and not using their turn signal when changing lanes.
Teens have a higher tendency to engage in conversations with their friends that can take their eyes off the road. They are also more likely than other drivers to be distracted by their cell phones. Teen drivers may be under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. This can lead to intoxication that can cause crashes.
If you are the parent of a teen who is now driving, it may be wise to limit their time behind the wheel. You may also wish to brush up on your own safe driving skills. This will be a good way to set them an example of responsible behavior.