PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Memorial Day marks the beginning of what AAA calls "the 100 Deadliest Days for Teenage Drivers." And it's not just because of proms and graduation parties.
The freedom summer brings plays a large part in why there is a 15% jump in teen crashes from June through August.
"Being out of school, having the summer job, having the flexibility to go see friends, come and go as you please, having more people in your car perhaps to go out to the movies, to go down the shore," said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson Jana Tidwell, "all of those factors just make the task of driving that much more dangerous."
The more people in the car, the greater the risk of a crash.
"That's a huge distraction for an inexperienced driver," said Tidwell. Additional distractions include switching radio stations, eating and drinking, and of course, using a mobile device.
Other risk factors include speeding, and drinking and driving.
"Parents should be modeling the driving behavior that they want to see their teens exhibit while they’re behind the wheel," Tidwell said.