It’s always a good time to exercise caution on the road. But for New York teenage drivers, there are times when it’s more dangerous than others.
When are the 100 deadliest days?
The “100 Deadliest Days” takes place from Memorial Day to Labor Day, over the summertime when school is out. This period marks a dramatic increase in teen deaths from motor vehicle accidents.
Statistics show that teenagers tend to drive more aggressively and exhibit other dangerous behavior like following others on the road too closely. Teens also aren’t experienced enough to know how to react quickly enough to be effective defensive drivers.
What can be done about teenage driver deaths?
Parents are a critical part of preventing teen traffic fatalities. The best way to avoid the most tragic outcome during the 100 Deadliest Days is with a simple conversation.
This is rarely an easy thing to talk about, so it’s a good idea to think of the best way to broach the subject ahead of time. You might bring up the real dangers of getting in an accident. Show them the facts and statistics so they know you’re not exaggerating.
The normalization of texting and driving has led to more teens looking at their phones while driving. Make sure your teen realizes just how deadly this type of distracted driving can be.
Some parents choose to implement rules that go beyond their state’s distracted driving laws. But a simple grounding or having driving privileges revoked or limited may also prove highly effective in keeping your teen safe while driving during the most lethal driving days for young people.
You might limit how many passengers are in the car, the amount of total time behind the wheel, and when they’re allowed to drive. Reminding your teen of the legal penalties of irresponsibly driving may also be a powerful safety measure.
It’s also crucial to remember that kids learn by example. Parents have to show their teenagers what it means to be a responsible driver – as tempting as it may be to pick up the phone before you reach your destination.