Friday, July 12, 2024

The ‘100 Deadliest Days’ has started. Find out how to stay safe on the roads

AAA named the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as “100 Deadliest Days” because of the nationwide spike in teenager-involved vehicle crashes that occurs during that time.

The “deadliest” designation is based on data analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The statistics have lead to AAA pushing for more awareness among parents of teen drivers, said David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

“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 and more experienced drivers,” Yang said. “Through education, proper training, and involvement of parents, we can help our young drivers to become better and safer drivers, which in turn keeps the roads safer for everyone.”

Related: AAA reminds drivers to check their vehicle before summer road trips

Speed, nighttime driving and distractions are significant factors contributing toward the number of crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days, according data from the 2016 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Nighttime Driving:

  • 36 percent of all vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers occurred between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • 1 in 10 of all vehicle nighttime crash fatalities involved a teen driver.
  • Data show a 22 percent increase in the average number of nighttime crashes per day involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days compared to the rest of the year.


  • 1 in 10 of all vehicle speed-related fatalities involved a teen driver.
  • 29 percent of all vehicle deaths involving a teen driver were speed-related.

“Not only are risks, like nighttime driving, a particular danger to young drivers, nearly every state also has a law restricting how late teens may be out on the roads,” said Georjeane Blumling, vice president of public affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “This is a timely reminder for parents to be actively involved in their teen’s learning-to-drive process, understanding the risks and to be educated on their state’s teen driving law.”

In preparation for the summer driving period, AAA has encouraged parents to:

  • Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations, such as speeding and nighttime driving.
  • Teach by example and minimize your own risky behavior when behind the wheel.
  • Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits that are stronger than a state’s law, and enforce those limits.

The online AAA StartSmart program also offers great resources for parents on how to become effective in-car coaches as well as advice on how to manage their teen’s overall driving privileges.

AAA has a teen driving website with a variety of tools, including licensing and state law information, to help prepare parents and teens for not only the dangerous summer driving season, but also all year long.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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