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Teens more likely to be in deadly crash in summer

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KWWL) -
Summer is the deadliest time of year for teen drivers and passengers with seven of the top 10 deadliest days of the year occurring between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays, according to an analysis of crash data completed by AAA.  So AAA urges parents of teens to increase their focus on safety during the school-free months ahead.
 
"Parents should not underestimate the critical role they play in keeping their teens safe, especially during these high-risk months," said AAA Vice President of Public Affairs Kathleen Marvaso. " Life feels more care-free when school's out and teens have more opportunities to drive or ride in cars late at night with other teens – a deadly mix."
 
 
AAA suggests the following tips for parents to keep teen drivers safe:
 
Restrict driving and eliminate trips without purpose –Teens have three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, based on amount of miles driven, and a teen's crash risk is highest during the first year of solo driving. Parents should limit teens' driving to essential trips and only with parental permission for at least the first year of driving.
 
Become an effective driving coach – The best way for new teen drivers to gain experience is through parent-supervised practice driving, where parents can share their wisdom accumulated over many years of driving. Even after a teen has a license that allows solo driving, parents and teens should continue to practice driving together to help the teen manage increasingly more complex and challenging driving conditions. AAA's Teaching Your Teens to Drive coaching program is a great tool to help parents become effective driving coaches for their teens and is available at 800-327-3444.
 
Limit the number of teen passengers and time as a passenger – Teen crash rates increase with each teen passenger in the vehicle. Fatal crash rates for 16- to 19-year-olds increase fivefold when two or more teen passengers are present versus when teens drive alone. 
 
Restrict night driving – A teen driver's chances of being involved in a deadly crash doubles when driving at night. Many parents rightly limit driving during the highest-risk late night hours, yet they should limit evening driving as well, as more than half of nighttime crashes occur between 9 p.m. and midnight. 
 
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