For many people, summer unofficially starts Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. While the start of summer is an exciting time for most, not many people know that the time period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, especially for teen drivers. From the year 2010 to 2019, over 7,000 Americans died in teen related driving accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The NSC (National Safety Council) has noted an association between the monthly number of vehicle miles traveled and motor-vehicle fatalities. The NSC states that mileage and motor vehicle death rates increase during the summer months, particularly the months of July and August. So, don’t let your guard down while we are enjoying lighter traffic due to schools being out for summer vacation. Always be alert and aware of other drivers around you… summer vacation doesn’t mean you should take a vacation from good defensive driving habits.
How Drivers Can Prepare
All motorists need to be EXTRA alert today. Halloween ranks the highest for the amount of child pedestrian deaths and reports some of the highest holiday- related DUIs and pedestrian deaths overall. National Safety Council and Trafficschool.com have some quick safety tips for motorists:
Keep an eye out for children who may be darting out from between parked cars and walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Children can move in unpredictable ways, especially when you add in the excitement of trick-or-treating and overflowing amounts of candy. Sometimes they are wearing dark clothing or costumes that make them even more difficult to spot later in the evening when it’s darker outside, so drive cautiously. Always enter and exit driveways and alleys with extra care, and never use your cell phone when you are operating a vehicle. It’s also a good idea for teens simply not to drive on Halloween night, because there are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers. And if you are going to be consuming alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver before you even go out. Jot down a cab company’s phone number too, and bring it with you, just in case.
Being prepared and informed will help ensure your Halloween is full of fun and not regrets. So take note, and be sure to remind all your friends and family on how they can have a safe and happy Halloween!