In America, the leading cause of death among teen drivers are – of course – car crashes, as they are three times more exposed than all other motorists. And, as the “100 deadliest days of the year” approach, the death toll rises by around 26%.
According to AAA, the summer break should be called the “100 Deadliest Days”, as parents need to step up and increase their share of guidance, with studies pointing out that the accidents are statistically less prone to occur when there are limits imposed on the driving privileges.
“Parents are instrumental and play a significant role helping their teen be a safer driver,” said John Pecchio, a traffic safety consultant with the AAA. “During the summer months, teens are more care-free and excited to have the freedom to drive around. So it’s imperative parents help keep safety top of mind.”
Teens are also, according to the AAA, besides more likely to be involved in a fatal crash while driving, prone to more likely cause the death of others, including passengers, pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles. The study shows that each teen that rides with a young driver leads to an “exponential” risk growth – as one passenger under 21 years increases the risk to crash by 44%, with two the factor doubles and with three it quadruples.