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Summer Driving Dangers

Steve Wagner

Speculations have been made that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is one of the deadliest times of the year to be on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, data from 2012 shows that over 1000 people were killed in traffic accidents during that period, and more than half of those killed were teenagers.

During the summer months, there are more teenagers on the road, many of whom do not have jobs or any significant obligations, and often spend their time driving around and enjoying time with friends.

The biggest problem with this is that teenagers often do not fully understand the responsibility of driving, and are easily distracted, especially when they frequently have friends with them in the car. AAA reports that teenage crashes increase by approximately 26% during the summer months.

A large portion of these accidents could be avoided if we can all learn to put down our cell phones, quit focusing on conversation in the car, leave the radios alone, put down the food, and just avoid distractions while operating our vehicles. This summer is the time to take distracted driving seriously and start preventing accidents and injuries before they begin.

Help your teenagers learn the dangers of distracted driving, and remember to set a good example for them with the habits you have.

Stay safe this summer, and please call us if you need help: (888) 204-8440.


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