It’s not a cheery headline, but the fact is that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest days of the year for teen drivers.  But novice drivers put everyone at risk. Crashes involving teen drivers kill 10 people each day during the summer – in many cases, someone other than the teen driver.

Speed is a significant factor. During the coronavirus “stay at home” restrictions, police reported a spike in speeding, due in part to less traffic on our roads. Risky behavior and distracted driving add to the deadly mix.

Even though your teen may have a license and be driving independently, inexperience can be deadly. Parents must reinforce safe driving behaviors:

  • Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations.
  • 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.