More than 7,124 people died in teen-related summertime crashes from 2011 to 2020, reports CBS News. That translates to more than seven people every day compared to an average of six during the rest of the year.
Known as the 100 Deadliest Days, the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is when crash deaths involving teen drivers spike the highest, according to the AAA Foundation. For example, each year an average of 2,063 teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes; 642 of those — or 31% — occurred during the 100 Deadliest Days.
Now is a good time for fleet operators to remind your drivers to practice their best defensive driving skills. Across the nation this summer, the roads will be filled with inexperienced drivers headed to beaches, parks, camping grounds, and more.
Because they lack experience behind the wheel, teens are susceptible to risky behaviors like speeding, distracted driving, and drowsy driving. Fleet drivers need to be on the lookout and ready to react when young drivers make risky moves on the road.
At anytime throughout the year, new teen drivers ages 16-17 are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to AAA Foundation research. Now factor in the 100 Deadliest Days — coupled with a summer that AAA expects to be one of the busiest due to pent up travel demand — and it’s clear that fleet drivers need to be vigilant about the situation.