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In the U.S., traffic fatalities have reached record lows. Unfortunately, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that car crashes are still the #1 killer of Americans age 1 to 34.
But wait, it gets worse: historically speaking, one of the worst days for traffic fatalities is next Wednesday, July 4. In fact, it's the deadliest day on average for America's teens, and it's not much better for their fellow drivers.
Between 2006-2010, approximately 800 people were killed in car crashes. And if IIHS predictions are correct, an additional 140 people will be added to that grim toll this year. Roughly 10% of those fatalities will be teenage drivers.
Advice for parents
If you've got young drivers in your family, you've probably had numerous talks with them about motor safety. Now would probably be good time to bring up the subject again. After all, you were a teen once, right? Did you really listen to mom and dad the first time they said anything?
We know that you'll have have to repeat these items a few times, and even then, there's no guarantee that you'll get much of a response. But psychologists have show again and again that teens hear more than they let on, so keep talking.
And while you're at it, you should probably go over these guidelines with others in your family, because only 10% of July 4 fatalities are likely to be teens. Let's keep an eye out for everyone this holiday.
Got any other great tips for staying safe on July 4? Feel free to share them in the comments below.