Summer: Deadliest Season for Teenage Drivers

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Seven of the top deadliest days of the years for teenagers fall between Memorial and Labor days. Credit: Getty Images

The folks at AAA are nervous. Summer is here. That means teenagers are out of school and hitting the road.

Angels and ministers of grace protect us.

A new analysis released June 6 by the automotive association found that seven of the top deadliest days of the years for teenagers fall between Memorial and Labor days, The New York Times reports. Five of them are in July.

"We know that in the summer, kids are out of school, so they drive more, and when they drive more, they crash more," Justin McNaull, the director of state relations for AAA, tells The Times.

AAA's analysis is based on federal stats from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System for drivers and passengers from the ages of 13 to 19, for a five year period from 2005 to 2009. The Times reports that the average number of teen deaths during May, June, July and August was higher than that recorded during the other eight months.

McNaull hopes the grim numbers encourage parents and teenagers to be more aware of the dangers. "It's not about any one day," he tells The Times. "It's about the whole summer."

Several other organizations completed similar analyses in recent months, according to The Times. They all reportedly came to the same conclusion that more teenagers die during the summer.

Allan Williams, a road safety consultant and the former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit group financed by the insurance industry, mentions how important these statistics are for parents to keep in mind.

"The idea is that parents really need to pay attention" Williams tells the paper. Parents too often provide supervision while their kids are learning to drive but pay less attention immediately after they get their licenses, he adds.

"That's when risk really goes up," he says.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.