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Dangers of underaged Missouri drivers during summer

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Summer is a time for freedom and fun, especially for teenagers who are out of school. However, this period also sees a rise in motor vehicle accidents involving underaged drivers, making it a dangerous time. Understanding the risks and taking preventive measures can help reduce these incidents.

Increased risk factors 

Teenagers are three times as likely to have a motor vehicle accident than someone over twenty. There are a few reasons this may be the case.

  • Inexperience: Many underaged drivers are still honing their driving skills. This can lead to poor judgment and slower reaction times.
  • Increased traffic: Summer brings more drivers onto the roads, including vacationers. This congestion increases the likelihood of accidents.
  • Distractions: The presence of friends in the car, loud music, and the temptation to use smartphones while driving are significant distractions for young drivers.
  • Night driving: With longer days and later curfews, teenagers often drive at night, which decreases visibility and can lead to accidents.

Summer parties and gatherings can also lead to underage drinking and substance use, further impairing a young driver’s abilities.

Statistics highlighting the issue

Teen drivers are significantly more likely to be involved in crashes during the summer months. Nationally, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers, with a higher incidence of fatal crashes.

Preventive measures

There are several ways to mitigate the risks associated with underaged drivers during the summer. For example, parents can start by focusing on education and awareness. It’s a guardian’s job to inform teens about the rules of the road, as well as the potential dangers of driving impaired. In addition to this, setting reasonable curfews and limiting the number of passengers can reduce distractions, and produce better conditions.

Following Missouri’s GDL program helps new drivers gain experience under less risky conditions. Parents should ensure their teens adhere to these laws.

As a parent, you may find it comforting to use various apps and devices that can monitor driving behavior. These allow for real-time feedback and reports that enforce safe driving habits.

A safer summer for everyone

By understanding the risks and implementing preventive measures, people can help prevent accidents, and keep roads safer during the summer months. With these steps in mind, everyone can have a fun and safe summer vacation.

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