AAA stresses importance of schooling young drivers on rules of the road

Molly Daly
May 30, 2018 - 9:54 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In the summertime, more young drivers are on the road, and the rate of teen-involved accidents increase. 

AAA representatives say it's vital that inexperienced drivers are prepared.

AAA Mid-Atlantic Senior Public Affairs Specialist Kathleen Zinszer noted the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is significant for the hazards it poses to young drivers.

"Statistics show that more than 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver during this period of time — the 100 deadliest days," she explained.

She said speed and driving at night are major factors.  

In the summer, data shows on average a 22 percent increase in late-night crashes when teens are at the wheel, while speed accounts for 29 percent of motor vehicle deaths.

Although repeatedly telling your kids to stay focused and within the speed limit can be helpful, Zinszer said setting the right example is even more important.

"If you as a parent can exhibit safe driving, there's a better probability that your teen driver will follow your example," she added.

You can find a variety of tools, including licensing rules and restrictions for your state, at TeenDriving.AAA.com.