AAA: Summer Travel Season “Deadliest 100 Days for Teen Drivers”

by Alice

The 100-day period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is identified as the deadliest time for teenage drivers, according to the Auto Club Group of Michigan (AAA). The organization reports that the highest percentage of fatal crashes involving teen drivers occurs during this period.

“Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens ages 16-19,” AAA stated. In Michigan alone, an average of 63 teen drivers are involved in fatal car crashes each year.


Adrianne Woodland, spokesperson for AAA, explained, “With the end of the school year upon us, these young, inexperienced drivers will spend more time on the road with their friends.” She identified the primary causes of accidents as distractions from other teen passengers, cell phones, and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Additionally, not wearing seatbelts and speeding—accounting for nearly 30% of fatal teen crashes—are significant factors.


To address these risks, Woodland advises parents to actively coach their teen drivers. “Spend time coaching your teen while they’re behind the wheel, and have a serious discussion with them about safety,” she urged. “Leading by example is crucial. Don’t drive aggressively, avoid distractions, and always wear your seatbelt. Your driving skills and judgment behind the wheel shape your child’s view of safe driving habits.”


AAA also recommends teaching teens defensive driving techniques, such as scanning the road for hazards. They suggest establishing family rules regarding when and where a teen can drive, and ensuring at least 50 hours of supervised training.

As the summer travel season approaches, these guidelines aim to reduce the number of tragic accidents involving teen drivers, promoting safer driving habits and saving lives.



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