The summer provides extra challenges when it comes to staying safe on the road. After all, the three main months of summer are often referred to as the 100 deadliest days on the highway. With the rate of catastrophic and fatal accidents increasing, you face more risks than you may have for the rest of the year.
People sometimes believe that this would work the other way, as the long daylight hours and dry roads would make driving safer. And those things certainly do help to keep people out of other accidents, but the overall accident rates still climb in the summer.
Why does this happen?
High school students don’t have classes during the summer, in the vast majority of cases, and neither do many teenage college students. This means that drivers from 16 to 19 years of age tend to spend more time on the road since they’re not spending that time at school. They enjoy this freedom, and many of those who have recently gotten their license may be driving during the summer for the first time. It feels like a fun experience where they can go to the beach or the movies with their friends, and they love not having to rely on their parents.
Unfortunately, this same age group is the one that causes the most fatal car accidents every year. Giving them an increased amount of time to drive simply increases the number of deadly crashes that they cause.
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