According to AAA, the deadliest day of the year for teenage drivers is July 4th. The auto safety agency says as kids are out of school and typically have less parental supervision, more accidents happen statistically during the summer months.
“Teen driving goes up by 44 percent during the summertime, and during these months, teens tend to drive more often . . .and they have less parental supervision than they do during the school year,” said John B. Townsend II of AAA.
In fact, 8 of the 10 deadliest days of the year for teenage drivers are during the summer. The top 8 according to AAA as complied by DOT records are: July 4 July 9 Aug 8 Aug 14 June 10 May 20 May 23
Despite this, teen fatalities on the road is dropping overall, in line with overall traffic statistics.
If all states adopted the toughest form of graduated licensing, an additional 500 lives could be saved and 9,500 crashes could be prevented, according to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
From 2006 to 2010, nearly 6,700 teen drivers and passengers ages 13 to 19 died in traffic crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to AAA. An average of 399 teens died in traffic crashes in each of the summer months compared with 346 teen deaths in non-summer months.