WICHITA, Kan. - Auto group AAA Kansas says we're in the "Hundred Deadliest Days" for car crashes involving teenage drivers.
AAA stated more than 10 people died every day in crashes involving teens across the US in the the period between Memorial Day and Labor day in 2016. That's the most recent year we have statistics from. The group stated more than 1,050 people nationwide were killed, a 14 percent increase from the rest of the year.
The auto group stated speed and nighttime driving are significant factors for crashes involving teenagers, and you can help keep your kids safe by being active in teaching them to drive.
AAA offers these tips:
- Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations, such as speeding and nighttime driving.
- Teach by example and minimize your own risky behavior when behind the wheel.
- Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits that are stronger than a state's law, and enforce those limits.
You can head to TeenDriving.AAA.com for more tools to improve driver safety. AAA is an advocate for more regulations on driving in the US, such as graduated driver licensing laws, seat belt requirements, wireless device bans, and restrictions on nighttime driving and passengers.