By Prince Automotive Group Staff - Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most dangerous time on the road for new teen drivers. There is an increase in car fatalities for both teens and adults during this time. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen driving fatalities increase by 15% compared to the rest of the year.
Over the past 6 years, more than 1,600 people have been killed during the "100 Deadliest Days" from inexperienced teen drivers. The inexperience paired with the increase of driving during the summer months causes a deadly combination for teens and all other drivers on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal crashes for teenagers increased 10% from 2016 to 2017.
Jay Prince, Vice President, Prince Automotive Group, explains the importance of keeping teens and ourselves safe during these 100 days. "Prince Automotive Group believes in making it a priority for drivers to be safe on Georgia roadways. We get to experience the excitement of young drivers as they pick out their 1st vehicle and we want to ensure that those new drivers are safe on the roads. Prince Automotive Group represents seven new car manufacturers, all equipped with multiple safety features to protect drivers of all ages."
What can we do to stop the fatalities and make our roads safer during these 100 days and the rest of the year? Get more involved and talk with your teens about the increased dangers of risky behaviors when behind the wheel.
Explain to your teen drivers the importance of paying attention the entire time they are driving.
Help your teen minimize distractions while driving. Encourage no cell phone use. Set a limit on the number of passengers in the car while the teen is driving.
According to AAA, 60% of all teen vehicle fatalities are from teens not wearing their seat belt.
Speeding is a factor in nearly 30% of fatal crashes involving teens according to AAA.
Teens learn through observation. Show your teens the proper way to drive by following all the above yourself. Talk with your teens about the importance of driving without distractions. You can even make a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that AAA has provided to help set rules for teen drivers.
Prince Automotive Group is making an effort in our community to help reduce teen fatalities during the 100 Deadliest Days. Join Prince Automotive Group in helping to keep our teens safe and our roads safe. Will you speak out today and help educate your teen? Life is too precious to waste it on an easily avoidable distraction while behind the wheel. One conversation and leading by example could save a life this summer.