AAA of­fers safety tips for young driv­ers

The Southern Berks News - - LOCAL NEWS -

More than 1,050 peo­ple were killed in crashes in­volv­ing a teen driver in 2016 dur­ing the 100 Dead­li­est Days, the pe­riod be­tween Me­mo­rial Day and La­bor Day.

That is an av­er­age of 10 peo­ple per day — a 14 per­cent in­crease com­pared to the rest of the year, ac­cord­ing to data an­a­lyzed by the AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety. As school lets out for sum­mer, AAA is stress­ing the im­por­tance of pre­par­ing and ed­u­cat­ing in­ex­pe­ri­enced teen driv­ers for some of the most dan­ger­ous driv­ing days of the year.

In the past 10 years (2008 – 2017), Penn­syl­va­nia has recorded 69,318 crashes in­volv­ing driv­ers ages 16-17. Teen driver crashes (ages 16-17) have been on the rise since 2014, up 16.7 per­cent from a 2014 low.

“The num­ber of fa­tal crashes in­volv­ing teen driv­ers dur­ing the sum­mer is an im­por­tant traf­fic safety con­cern and re­search shows that young driv­ers are at greater risk and have higher crash rates com­pared to older and more ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers,” said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor. “Through ed­u­ca­tion, proper train­ing, and in­volve­ment of par­ents, we can help our young driv­ers to be­come bet­ter and safer driv­ers, which in turn keeps the roads safer for every­one.”

Speed and night­time driv­ing are sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors con­tribut­ing to­wards the num­ber of crashes, and sub­se­quently fa­tal­i­ties, in­volv­ing teen driv­ers dur­ing the 100 Dead­li­est Days (sta­tis­tics based on 2016 NHTSA FARS data as an­a­lyzed by the AAA Foun­da­tion):

Night­time Driv­ing

• 36 per­cent of all mo­tor ve­hi­cle fa­tal­i­ties in­volv­ing teen driv­ers oc­curred be­tween 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

• 1 in 10 of all mo­tor ve­hi­cle night­time crash fa­tal­i­ties in­volved a teen driver

• Data show a 22 per­cent in­crease in the av­er­age num­ber of night­time

crashes per day in­volv­ing teen driv­ers dur­ing the 100 Dead­li­est Days com­pared to the rest of the year

Speed­ing

• 1 in 10 of all mo­tor ve­hi­cle speed-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties in­volved a teen driver

• 29 per­cent of all mo­tor ve­hi­cle deaths in­volv­ing a teen driver were speed-re­lated

• 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.

TeenDriv­ing.AAA.com has a va­ri­ety of tools, in­clud­ing li­cens­ing and state law in­for­ma­tion, to help pre­pare par­ents and teens for not only the dan­ger­ous sum­mer driv­ing sea­son, but also all year long. The site also fea­tures new in­ter­ac­tive wid­gets high­light­ing teen driv­ing risks, as well as a so­cial host quiz. The on­line AAA StartS­mart pro­gram also of­fers great re­sources for par­ents on how to be­come ef­fec­tive in-car coaches as well as ad­vice on how to man­age their teen’s over­all driv­ing priv­i­leges.

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