LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Safe teen driving

Though summer is quickly fading away, teens, much like their parents, are taking advantage of longer days and good weather and hitting the road before school starts. Many are unaware that we are more than halfway through what is known as the 100 Deadliest Days — the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day — the deadliest days of the year for teen drivers.

Nationally, 10 people per day are killed in teen-driver involved crashes during the 100 Deadliest Days.

The number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the summer is an important traffic safety concern and research shows that young drivers are at greater risk and have higher crash rates compared to older, more experienced drivers.

Teen drivers have so many things working against them when they get behind the wheel. In addition to inexperience, distractions, including the constant need to pay attention to their cell phones, can lead to crashes and fatalities. While their peers may not be the best role models for good driving behavior, parents must be, starting a young age.

During the 100 Deadliest Days and every day before and after, AAA urges parents to be actively involved in their teen’s learning-to-drive process, understand the risks and educate themselves on the various stages of Delaware’s teen driving law.

Having this life-saving conversation with their teens about driver safety and always teaching by example can help teenagers become better and safer drivers, which in turn keeps the roads safer for everyone.

Ken Grant
Public and Government Affairs Manager
AAA

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