The period between Memorial Day (May 28) and Labor Day (September 3) has been labeled “The Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Because teens are more likely to be on the road during this time with end of the school year activities and summer vacation, there will be more wrecks and fatalities.
According to data, seven of the ten most fatal days fall around this period: May 19, May 23, June 10, July 4, July 9, August 8 and August 14. On most days about 11 teens die in car crashes, but on these days, the number increases to 16 to 18 deaths. July and August are the deadliest months for 16- and 17-year-olds.
What can you do? Talk to each other about the dangers you face behind the wheel. Tell your friends and your peers to stay safe by avoiding nighttime driving, buckling up, putting away their phones and devices, limiting teen passengers, slowing down, and never drinking and driving.
You can also set the example by following the safety tips you share. When friends see friends doing the right thing, they take notice. You can’t tell your friends to be a safe driver, then turn around and be a bad driver. Don’t text or call your friends when you know they are driving, always buckle up in a car, stick to the speed limit, don’t crowd into your friend’s car and offer to be the designated driver.