Teenage motorists do not have the same degree of driving experience that older drivers have, and this means all motorists face heightened threats when more teens are sharing Georgia’s roadways. The number of crashes involving teen drivers rise sharply each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So, too, do the number of lives lost in these teen driver-involved wrecks.
Per Drive Smart Georgia, the chances of a teenager finding his or herself involved in a car crash is 15% higher during between Memorial Day and Labor Day than the rest of the year. This is due in large part to the fact that most teens are out of school during this time and more likely to be driving Georgia roads.
Why do crashes involving teens and fatal crashes involving teens increase during the summer months? In addition to having more teen drivers on the roads, there is also an elevated chance that those teen drivers are driving in unfamiliar areas, rather than their standard commute to and from school. The inexperience teen motorists have may make them less likely to safely navigate unfamiliar areas or adapt to changing road conditions. This may raise crash risks.
Teen drivers also often have teenage passengers present during the summertime. Statistics show that when teens have even one teenage passenger in their vehicles, it raises the risk of a wreck by 44%.
Motorists may be able to lower their chances of a deadly crash with a teen driver by minimizing how much they drive at night. The rate of fatal crashes among teen drivers is twice as high at night as it is during the day. Parents may also want to monitor their teen’s driving habits to make sure he or she practices safe driving habits.
Parents of teen motorists may also want to restrict their teens as far as when and where they drive until they garner more driving experience.