AAA is renaming the “summer driving season” this year: “100 Deadliest Days.”
When teenagers get out of school at the beginning of summer, that means more teens are on the road – and more crashes and driving deaths happen as a result, according to research released by the AAA Foundation. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the average number of people who die in a crash involving a teen driver increases by 16 percent compared to the rest of the year.
And in general, the research found that many of those teen drivers are distracted leading up to the crash. Sixty percent of teen crashes involve a distracted driver, whether they are talking to other passengers, using a cellphone or looking at something inside the vehicle.