Teen drivers often lack the driving ability and experience that older motorists have. This is part of why the summer months, when more teen drivers take to the roads, have become more dangerous.
Car wrecks that involve teenage drivers and the associated fatalities increase so much between Memorial Day and Labor Day that this timespan is now known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”
100 Deadliest Day statistics
AAA reports that the number of fatal crashes caused by teenage motorists increases by 14% between Memorial Day and Labor Day in comparison with the rest of the year. About 10 people die on U.S. roads daily within this period. In 2016 alone, more than 1,050 motorists, passengers, cyclists or pedestrians died in crashes involving teenage drivers during this stretch.
Night driving risks
Many of the teenager-involved car wrecks that occur over the 100 Deadliest Days period take place after dark, suggesting that teens take more risks when driving at night. The number of nighttime car wrecks involving teen drivers spikes 22% during the summer months. About 36% of all road fatalities from crashes with teenage drivers take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Speed is also a common contributor to teenager-involved wrecks and road deaths. Teenage drivers are responsible for about a tenth of all speed-involved road fatalities. Also, speeding is a factor in almost 30% of all road fatalities involving teen drivers.
While teenage drivers can increase the risks on the roadways, new teen drivers present more dangers. Research shows that teen drivers who are between the ages of 16 and 17 are three times more likely to find themselves involved in deadly crashes than adult motorists. If you are a parent of a teenage motorist, do your part for public safety by making sure he or she is aware of the risks involved in driving, especially at night and at unsafe speeds.