An exciting milestone for teenagers is often getting their driver license, but new research shows those first few months behind the wheel are the most critical and most risky for crashes, according to the Institutes of Health.
The study shows teen drivers are four times more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors, such as hard turns and sudden braking.
“That study really confirms other recent studies. In fact, one was done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,” said AAA Senior Public Affairs Specialist Daniel Armbruster. “We know that especially in summertime, when teens have more of an option to drive, more time to drive, we see an increase in the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers.”
The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In 2016, more than 1,050 people died in crashes involving a teen driver during that time period.