The 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers in Ohio are coming soon. These are the days that lie between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is a period during which the number of fatal teen crashes has been shown to rise to a very high level. Over 7,000 people have died in this period between 2010 and 2019.
Lack of experience places teens at risk
The number of personal injury cases that can be linked with teen drivers always rises during the summer season. Experts link this to a number of causes. These include the relative lack of maturity, experience, and driving skills. A teenager driving a car with friends can be distracted from the road and not respond to danger in time.
Teen drivers tend to make a lot of errors that older drivers usually avoid. These can include speeding, tailgating, switching lanes without signaling, and not wearing their seat belts. They can also be distracted by loud music and alcohol. Teen drivers are also prone to distractions from their cell phones.
Don’t let the summer season be fatal
It is true that there are a great number of perils on Ohio roads to look out for at all times of the year. But it is also the case that the summer season holds a very high level of danger, especially for teen drivers. During the year 2018, teen drivers were involved in 955,913 crashes, with 4,000 fatalities and 359,268 serious injuries.
This is a number that cannot be allowed to grow any further. Parents of teen drivers are strongly encouraged to take more notice of their children’s driving behavior. It’s a good idea to have your kids drive with you so that you can set an example for them.