CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 21, 2019) – – As the new school year begins, AAA Carolinas wants to remind motorists about an increase of traffic on the roads and to be more cautious as more teens get behind the wheel.
“Leave a little earlier in the coming weeks for work as it always takes some time for traffic patterns to adjust to new schedules,” said Tiffany Wright AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “Exercise patience behind the wheel in order to avoid minor frustrations which can lead to road rage and put yourself and others at risk.”
Among the heavier traffic is teen drivers commuting to school, some for the first time.So far this year in North Carolina, there have been 87 teen driver fatalities reported, a 5% increase from this time last year.
“The several days of school still fall under the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day when teens are most susceptible to a crash,” added Wright. “Driving to school is a big step for teens, and they will be excited. Some will be carpooling with other students. Parents, make sure your teens understand the responsibility that comes with driving to school.”
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occurs during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
AAA encourages parents to ensure their teens are prepared for dangers behind the wheel:
AAA urges motorists to follow these tips for sharing the road:
Fatalities that occur while getting on and off the bus are three times greater than those that occur while riding the bus. Approximately 100 children in the United States are killed every year while walking to or from school and another 25,000 sustain injuries as a result of school zone collisions.
|AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.2 million member and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.|