3 Tips for Staying Safe During AAA's 100 Deadliest Days
According to the American Automobile Association, the 100 Deadliest Days is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of deadly car accidents climbs by 15%, especially among teen drivers. Worldwide, 1.25 million people die in car accidents every year, and drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are up to three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash than drivers aged 20 and older.
With the COVID-19 pandemic leaving many summer jobs canceled and social distancing restrictions being lifted, summer 2020 could prove to be one of the most dangerous times for motorists. To help everyone stay safe on the road, here are a few tips you can use to reduce your risk of getting into an accident during the 100 Deadliest Days this year.
- Be a model driver. If you're a parent and your teenager has just gotten their license, you must lead by example. When you tell your teen not to text and drive and then text and drive yourself, your teen will assume that it's not that dangerous to do so. Follow the rules of the road and ensure your teen does the same.
- Set a driving curfew. Nighttime driving can be dangerous for new drivers. Not only is it more difficult to see but drivers are more likely to come into contact with deer and other animals suddenly crossing the street. To help avoid accidents at night, consider setting a driving curfew for your teen driver. Let them drive with you in the passenger seat to practice nighttime driving thoroughly before letting them do it on their own.
- Know how to pass larger vehicles. As any semi truck collision attorney will tell you, no motor vehicle accident is as deadly as an accident involving a semi truck. Semi truck collisions are incredibly dangerous and often occur because the truck has many blind spots and not all drivers are aware of them. Common blind spots include 30 feet behind the truck and 20 feet ahead of them. To safely pass a larger vehicle, you want to maintain a safe and steady speed. Maximize your visibility before passing on the left.
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