AAA: '100 Deadliest Days' begins, more teen driver crashes to be expected

School's out. Teens are on the road. And so begins the stretch of "100 deadliest days" of the summer driving season, according to AAA, the automobile research and educational group.

DEARBORN, MICH. - New teen drivers are three times more likely than adults to be involved in deadly crashes, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

The new findings come as the "100 Deadliest Days" begin -- the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of deadly teen driver crashes increases by 15-percent compared to the rest of the year. 

According to AAA, in the last five years, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during 100 Deadliest Days.

“Teen crashes spike during the summer months because teens are out of school and on the road,” said Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director for AAA -- The Auto Club Group. “The Foundation’s research found that inexperience paired with greater exposure on the road create a deadly combination for teen drivers.”

Drivers ages 16-17 are more nearly 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a driver 18 years or older and almost 3 times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

Based on the study done by AAA, those numbers only increase as the difference in age increases -- teen drivers are nearly 5 times as likely to be involved in a crash than drivers ages 39-50. They are also more than 3 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than drivers ages 39-50.

“Parents are the front line of defense in keeping our roads safer this summer,” said Gary Bubar, Michigan public affairs and traffic safety Consultant for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “It all starts with educating teens about safety on the road and modeling good driving behaviors like driving distraction-free and always buckling up.”

For more information and statistic on teen drivers and tips for parents, visit teendriving.aaa.com.

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