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Memorial Day is start of deadliest summer driving time for teens

Parents who hand the car keys to teens need to be particularly vigilant about the safety of young drivers during the summer, AAA Midwest Traveler magazine says
Parents who hand the car keys to teens need to be particularly vigilant about the safety of young drivers during the summer, AAA Midwest Traveler magazine says .

Memorial Day through Labor Day are the deadliest for traffic crashes, and parents of teen drivers should be particularly vigilant in this period about safety, the AAA Midwest Traveler magazine warns.

The May-June issue of the magazine says the period between the holidays are the “100 deadliest days of the summer” and are especially dangerous for teen drivers. In 2013, June, July and August had higher teen crash deaths than other months during the year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,” the magazine reports.

Mike Right, vice president of AAA Public Affairs is quoted, saying, “Parents must realize that there is no summer break from safety and to be vigilant about enforcing rules with their teens.”

AAA encourages parent-supervised practice behind the wheel. “Even after a teen has a license that allows solo driving, parents should occasionally drive with their teens to help them manage increasingly more complex driving conditions,” the magazine says.

Tips include parents limiting the number of teen passengers. Fatal crash risks for teens quadruples when there are three or more passengers under 21 in a vehidle and doubles with two.

Fatal teen crashes also are most frequent from 3 to 8 p.m. but remain high until midnight. Parents should limit teen driving at night.

For more parent-teen driving tips, go to TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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