Teenagers are more likely to be killed in motor vehicle accidents during the summer than any other time of year. That’s why the phrase “the 100 deadliest days of summer” has become a rallying cry for safety advocates.
The 100 deadliest days of summer are the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when motor vehicle accidents claim the lives of more teenagers than any other time of year. Advocates say that this is due to a combination of factors, including increased traffic on the roads, inexperienced drivers, and distractions, like texting.
It makes sense that there would be more accidents during the summer months. School is out and people are taking vacations, which means there are more cars on the road. And with all of those extra cars comes an increased risk for accidents and injuries.
What can parents do?
There are a few things that parents can do to help keep their teenagers safe during summer. First, it’s important to make sure teens understand how to drive defensively. This means staying aware of their surroundings and being prepared for the unexpected. Additionally, parents should set rules about cell phone use while driving and enforce them. No text is worth a life. Parents should also lead by example and practice safe driving habits themselves.
Lastly, parents should talk to their teens about the dangers of drinking and driving. This is an important conversation to have year-round, but it’s especially crucial during the summer months.
What should teens do after a car accident?
If you’re involved in a car accident, the first thing you should do is check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Once everyone is safe, call the police and wait for them to arrive. Do not try to move your vehicle unless it’s blocking traffic and you’re instructed to do so by law enforcement. Once the police have arrived, they will take over the investigation and handle insurance claims. In the meantime, your job is to focus on your recovery.
Although it’s difficult to prevent all car accidents, there are steps that both parents and teens can take to reduce the risk. By being aware of the dangers and taking precautions, we can all help make the summer a little safer for everyone on the road.