Memorial Day Brings a Higher Rate of Crashes for Teens

texting while driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the 100 days after Memorial Day, about 1,000 Americans will die in crashes with teenage drivers behind the wheel, based on data from the last five years. More teens are on the road, increasing the overall average number of deaths by 16% during the summer months. Based on past studies, nearly 60% of these crashes will likely be the result of distracted driving, such as talking on cell phones and texting (USA Today Article 6/1/16).

It is important for teens to stay hands-free behind the wheel. On average, a driver is four times more likely to be in an accident when using an electronic device. All drivers (and teens, especially) should regularly review accident prevention and response procedures. Doing so can lessen the chance that a driver will get into an accident, and also prepare them to respond safely should an accident occur.

5 Tips to minimize the chance of an accident:

• Eliminate distractions
• Pull over if it cannot wait: If you must make a call, text, or email, pull the vehicle over to a safe location, off of the road, before doing so.
• Have someone else make calls: If a passenger is present, allow them to make and answer calls for you.
• Driving at night: Monitor speed to assure that your required braking distance does not exceed the range of the headlights.
• Be considerate: Avoid aggressive driving and practice defensive driving tactics by being mindful of pedestrians, monitoring your following distance, and being in a healthy state of mind.

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