NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The unofficial start of summer brings more than danger on the water.
It’s also the start of the deadliest days on Tennessee roadways.
Memorial Day officials kicks off the 100 Deadliest Days campaign.
Each year the Tennessee Highway Patrol and AAA track the spike in teen driver crashes.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day about 10 people die on the roads every day across the country, a 14% increase over the rest of the year.
“This is due to inexperience. It takes time to get experience and that’s OK,” said Megan Cooper, AAA Tennessee. “It usually takes five years to get to the experience of others drivers.”
There are some steps parents can take to help young drivers.
- Teens should limit the number of passengers in their cars.
- Parents should set a curfew. More than a third of the deadly crashes happen between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- There should be zero tolerance for distracted driving.
According to AAA, over the next 100 days approximately 1,000 people will be killed in car crashes involving teen drivers. The most common causes of death in crashes involve speeding, crashes at night, and distracted driving.
AAA has created an interactive website for parents to learn more about the risks teenage drivers face, and steps parents can take that will help prepare both you and your teen as they begin driving.
Parents should visit the AAA website here.