During the summer months, teens are out of school and maybe engaged in employment, sports camps, or other activities. If a teen has his or her driver’s license, he or she may be responsible for getting to and from these activities throughout the season. Although many teenagers appreciate the responsibility and seriousness of getting behind the wheel, some approach it with a reckless or careless attitude. It is important for parents to talk to their teens about good driving habits, including the difference between the safe operation of a vehicle and dangerous distractions. At Mass Injury Group, our dedicated team of Boston car accident lawyers is available to assist you if you have been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded that between 2008 and 2018, teen drivers killed over seven people per day during the summer months. The report is called the 2020 100 Deadliest Days, and it outlines the most threatening situations for drivers on the roadway. Overall, the report urges parents and teens to take extra precautions between Memorial Day and Labor Day to try to cut down on the number of accidents involving teens.
This year, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to many teens being unable to find a job, camps being canceled, and a lot more free time on teens’ hands. This free time may mean that teens are spending more time driving to pass the time. The 2020 100 Deadliest Days report includes a Parent Coaching Guide to help parents identify the most productive ways to educate their teens about safe driving. It encourages parents to have their teens sign a safe driving agreement, too.