School is just about out for the summer! Teens will now have the opportunity and free time take their Drug and Alcohol course, obtain their Learner’s License, and get started on their driving practice. There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of the extra time off and the summer sunshine to practice new driving skills. However, summer isn’t quite as carefree as it seems. From a statistical standpoint, more teens die on roadways in the roughly 100 summer days that stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of the year (National Safety Council). In 2012, the latest year for which data has been analyzed, nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. died in crashes during this period, 550 of which were teens.
There are more fatal accidents during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of the year. All drivers, especially new drivers, should take extra care to drive defensively this summer. Additionally, according to the National Safety Council, teens could face additional risk because they may be carrying friends more frequently, and passengers increase the risk of a fatal crash involving a teen driver by at least 44%.
If you are a new driver, take care on the road ways and drive defensively. Put the tips you learned in your Drug and Alcohol course from GDL Institute to good use. If you haven’t yet taken the course, register today and get on the road to driving independence (and a lifetime of safe driving habits!)
If you are a parent, consider setting important driving guidelines for your teens. You and your teen can sign a parent/teen agreement outlining the consequences for violating the rules you have set down. This sample agreement and other helpful parent resources are available on our website. If you are planning to begin practicing with your teen driver this summer, focus on basic driving techniques and reinforcing defensive driving habits. Set a good example for your teens as well – make sure to buckle up for safety, turn off your phone ringer, keep your hands on the wheel, and don’t be a distracted driver!
- National Safety Council warns parents of the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers – National Safety Council