Summer is notoriously dangerous for teen drivers on Connecticut roadways. In fact, for the whole country, the days following Memorial Day are deemed the 100 deadliest days of the season, according to USA Today. With warm weather and good driving conditions, this time of year almost encourages drivers to let their guard down. For inexperienced teen drivers, this only increases the chances that they will end up in a serious accident.
There is a significant increase in accidents involving teens during the summer. More teens are on the roadways and behind the wheel during this time since they are not in school. Bad habits may also show up more such as distracted driving. Normal activities, such as talking with others in the vehicle, may also lead to crashes for teens, but the biggest concern is the use of cell phones while driving. This seems to be a large reason why teens end up in crashes.
Studies show an average of about 10 people per day die in the 100 deadliest days of summer. Distracted driving plays a role in almost 60% of accidents. Mainly, cell phones play a role when it comes to teens.
It is essential for you to make sure your teen driver understands the dangers of distracted driving. Make a rule about cell phone use in the car and create stiff penalties for breaking the rule. Talk to your kids about how deadly the roads become in summer and why they need to be extra vigilant when driving. This information is for education and is not legal advice.