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100 Deadliest Days: Entering a time of year when AAA sees spike in teen crashes

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researchers say extra nagging and important conversations about driving safely may save your teenager's life. researchers say extra nagging and important conversations about driving safely may save your teenager's life.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The 100 deadliest days is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. These are the months that teens are typically out of school for summer vacation. They’re looking to fill their days, and that can lead to devastating consequences on the road.

Fatal crashes involving teen drivers jump 14% during the "100 deadliest days". The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day "Car crashes are the number one killer of teens and summertime is no exception. Last year saw an average of 10 fatal crashes per day involving teen drivers," said AAA’s Richard Romer

Nighttime driving is a significant factor, with 36-percent of deadly teen crashes occurring between 9 pm and 5 am, and about 29% of crashes are speed related.

But automotive companies are installing high-tech features. One is Chevrolet's "Teen Driver Technology" which helps parents keep an eye on new drivers when they aren't in the car "Parents can go in check report card to see distance traveled, how many times safety features went off, and their top speeds," said General Motors Safety Strategy Engineer Tricia Morrow.

Hum by Verizon is another option. The device offers speed alerts and a safety score. It also gives maintenance reminders and roadside assistance "If there are forms of technology that can get parents more engaged and involved in their teen's lives during this dangerous period, it can only help," added Romer.

Reinforcing safe driving habits so that teen drivers can reach their final destination.

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