May 13, 2021
What are the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer?
Beginning with Memorial Day, the weather warms up, people emerge from cold-weather hibernation, and the summer driving season starts. This brings with it sun and fresh air, but also driving dangers and an increase in car accidents, especially for teen drivers.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that fatal car accidents involving teen drivers increase by 15 percent in June, July, and August. The foundation has dubbed this period the 100 Deadliest Days.
What Makes This Period So Dangerous for Teen Drivers?
Teen drivers make up the demographic that sees a big spike in car accidents every summer, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, an average of 260 teens are killed in summertime car accidents each year in the United States.
Fatal car accidents involving teen drivers are more common during the summer months for a number of reasons. The sheer amount of time teen drivers have for driving in the summer, as compared with the availability they have during the school year, makes a big difference. But that is not the only factor. Below is a list of some of factors that increase the likelihood of a deadly teen driver accident in the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Lack of driving experience
Teen drivers are so new at driving that they are by nature less able to adapt to dangerous driving situations as they arise. Their driving faculties and quick decision-making skills are not as sophisticated as they are in more mature drivers.
Teens take more risks
As a result of immaturity or impulsiveness, teen drivers, especially male teen drivers, take more risks than other drivers. Rash or reckless driving behaviors are sure to increase the likelihood of a deadly accident.
Texting and driving
Distractions while driving are always a bad idea. Texting while behind the wheel is one for the most common distracted-driving offenses. Teens are one group of drivers most at risk of having an accident because of the driver being distracted by a smart phone or other device.
Too many passengers
Another dangerous distraction for teen drivers is having friends in the car with them. Unruly or noisy passengers can become a serious danger for any driver, especially an inexperienced one.
Other Drivers are Also in Danger
Besides the increase in dangers from to the influx of teen drivers, what are the reasons that cause the summer months to be more prone to accidents than other times of the year?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that each year approximately 29 percent more people are killed in car accidents in summer than in winter. Although the increase in teen driving plays a role, there are plenty of additional factors that make summers more dangerous for drivers of all ages. These include the following:
More people are outside
The clearest reason for the increase in accidents has to do with the increase in people around to become involved in an accident. People tend to come out when the weather is nicer; this includes pedestrians and bicyclists as well as motorcyclists.
Road congestion creates issues
The number of people in motor vehicles increases in summer as well, especially when it comes to vacationers making road trips to popular summer locations. Drivers setting out to get their vacation started may speed or tailgate if they are anxious to arrive at their destination. Tourists who do not know the area well may cause traffic issues as they try to find their way.
Summer heat causes vehicle malfunctions
Heat is not good for cars and their parts. Batteries and tires are particularly susceptible to high temperatures. Air pressure can be affected by the heat. Worn tires are ripe for a dangerous blow-out.
Road construction projects ramp up
Work zones cause danger on roads in the summer, when the warmer weather invites crews to get working on projects that were put on hold in the colder months. Closed lanes and detours can make driving more confusing and more frustrating. Drivers should take them in stride and remain extra vigilant when driving through roadway construction zones.
Drunk/impaired driving increases
Accidents caused by drunk driving increase in the summer when people tend to spend more time out socializing. In fact, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day are three of the most dangerous driving days of the year because of their association with driving under the influence.
Drowsy driving creates danger
Drivers on a family road trip may try to make the most of their vacation by attempting to get to their destination without delay. This mentality may promote the idea that motorists should stay on the road long after they were due for a break. It may also lead to a driver setting out at the end of a busy day, instead of when they are fresh for driving. These mistakes can be the reason a sleepy driver causes an accident.
What can Drivers of All Ages Do to Make Driving in the Summer Safer?
Some of the best driving advice for summer also applies at other times of the year for teens and more mature drivers alike. These tips include the following:
- Care for the car
- Wear a seat belt
- Resist tailgating
- Avoid distractions
- Share driving duties on long trips
- Do not drink and drive
- Be cautious in work zones
- Remain patient
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