The summer months have long been deadly for teen drivers. However, research shows that they are also dangerous for the rest of Georgia and the nation’s population. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has become such a dangerous time to be out on the road that this stretch has become known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”
Per Drive Smart Georgia, the chances of a teenage driver causing a crash increases by 15% during the summertime. There are a number of reasons why this is the case.
Why teen-involved crashes spike during summertime
During the school year, most teen drivers travel familiar roadways as they commute to and from school, sports and other activities. Once summer starts, teens may be more likely to drive in unfamiliar areas, which may enhance crash risks. Teens are also more likely to drive at night, drive under the influence or drive with young passengers present during the summertime. All these factors also enhance crash risks. Having a teen passenger present in the car, in particular, increases dangers, raising the chances of a crash by 44%.
How parents of teenagers might help
Parents of teen motorists have a duty to make sure they are safe and responsible drivers before letting them get behind the wheel without a parent or older adult. Parents should remind teen drivers that Georgia recognizes Joshua’s Law, which sets certain driving restrictions teens must follow.
Some parents of teen drivers take things a step further and have their kids sign driver-parent agreements dictating that they commit to upholding safe driving practices all summer.