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Summer is officially here! Which means teenagers across the country are out of school and on the roads. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, summer is the deadliest time of year for a teen driver. Distracted driving and other threats are contributing to a spike in the frequency and severity of auto accidents for teens nationwide, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).
Recently released research from AAA found that new teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash. And the summer months are especially dangerous for all teen drivers. Deadly teen driver crashes increase 15 percent between Memorial Day and Labor Day compared to the rest of the year.
“Distracted driving is thought to be one of the leading causes for the rise in vehicle accidents nationwide, and summertime activities bring even more distracted drivers to the roads,” said Bob Passmore, PCI’s assistant vice president of personal lines policy. “Too many drivers, including adults, are talking, texting, engaging on social media and using apps while driving. Taking our focus off the road for just a few seconds can lead to a tragic accident.”
Property Casualty Insurers offers the following tips to keep your teen driver safe on the roads this summer:
Everyone wants to have an enjoyable summer, so avoid traffic accidents by following these safety tips. Keep yourself and your young driver focused on the road and avoid extra distractions while driving. Happy travels!
Did you know we have potential discounts for safe drivers and good students? Talk to your local agent to see if you qualify!
Information from Property Casualty Insurers, article by Brooke Kelley-Hunt