Nichole Hannahs

Safe Teen Driving

by Nichole Hannahs on June 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

Triple A reports that more teens die in traffic crashes during the summer than any other time of the year.

In fact seven of the top deadliest days for teens occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But, what about summer’s sun makes teen drivers not pay caution. A Triple A spokesperson said it could have to do with the unrestricted driving hours, the amount of passengers in a car or lack of attention.

"For every passenger you’re putting in the car you are being distracted," said Kimberly Schwind a spokesperson with AAA Ohio. "Your focus is off the road and so it really increases the crash risk for teenagers who are already inexperienced and aren’t paying as much attention."

One of the deadliest days is coming up on June 10 with other danger days of July 2 and 4th. Parents can also play a roll in making sure teens reach their destinations.

"Parents can make sure their teens are safe," explained Schwind. "Set restrictions on the car. Don’t allow them to drive with a large amount of passengers. Make sure you know where your teens are going and continue to practice with your teens even after they have their license."

Last summer 5,000 teens were injured and 42 teens died in traffic related accidents during the summer season.