• Dive into Summer – Don’t Drive Distracted

    By Marie McGrath | Posted Friday, May 24th, 2019

Memorial Day marks beginning of 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers.

During the summer months, fatal crashes nearly double on our roads.

Memorial Day is an important day for Americans. On top of being a National Holiday honoring our fallen troops, for many, it signifies the beginning of Summer. However, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of a more sobering season: the 100 days of the year that, statistically, are deadliest on the roads, especially for teen drivers.

According to AAA, the number of crashes involving drivers ages 16-19 increased 14% per day during the 100 deadliest days compared with other days of the year. This makes sense, of course. During the summer, teens and young people have more freedom. Without the constraints of school-day hours, teens spend more time driving for recreation and leisure, and with more passengers in the car than during other seasons.

Let’s change the narrative. Instead of thinking of Memorial Day through Labor Day as the Deadliest Days of the year, the summer months should be a time of year when we feel most alive. To accomplish this change, we must commit to never drive distracted. 60% of teen crashes are caused by distracted driving, which includes anything from cell phone use to being distracted by your friends shouting at you from the backseat. Make rules for yourself and the young drivers in your life about behavior in the car to keep distraction at a minimum and never let your devices distract you behind the wheel.

Stay Safe During Summer’s 100 Deadliest Days by Not Driving Distracted! 

The TextLess Live More message is never as important as it is during the summer. Vacation season is undoubtedly the best time to practice Living More; opportunities abound for unplugging and spending quality time with family and friends. Pledge to TextLess this summer so that the 100 Deadliest Days become days where you Live More instead.