AAA is warning teens to watch the road this summer, as the number of teen-related crash fatalities nationwide has increased each summer since 2014, when the number of fatalities was 640 nationwide and ballooned to 736 in 2017, the most recent year on record.
“Inexperienced drivers sometimes fail to see the relationship between poor driving habits and the likelihood of being involved in a fatal crash,” AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde said in a press release.
“But after teens receive their license, their education is just beginning. Parents should continue to provide valuable feedback to help youthful drivers hone their skills.”
According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen drivers themselves. Factors that contribute to the 100 Deadliest Days include speeding, drinking and driving, and distraction.
The 100 Deadliest Days is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.