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Summer holiday now most dangerous for teens, other drivers

Posted On Tue, July 17, 2012

Allstate recently released a report citing new findings by the Institute for Highway Safety that showed the Fourth of July is the most dangerous day of the year for teens on the road, but older drivers are just as much at risk during the holiday.

Car accidents are the top cause of death for all Americans between the ages of one and 34, according to the report. However, those in their teens were killed four times more than any other group. From 2006 to 2010, approximately 800 people died after being involved in car crashes. This could mean that as many as 140 will die this Independence Day.

"These tragedies are compounded by the fact that many crashes are preventable," said Victoria Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility at Allstate. "Driver error, speeding and distractions are the main causes of crashes. Simple activities such as switching radio stations or interacting with friends can significantly impair a teen's or adult's ability to react quickly to changing traffic conditions."

Teenage drivers consisted of approximately one in 10 deaths on the Fourth of July, the report explained. Much of this may be due to distracted driving, as close to half of American teens admit to texting while driving. Parents may not only want to discuss the dangers of driving while distracted, but also practice the same precautions while on the road, as leading by example may be the best teaching tool.

Consumers who drive themselves and have teen drivers in the home may not only want to preach the importance of driving safely and responsibly, but also should ensure their family is covered sufficiently. Examining their current auto insurance offering, and trying to improve it by comparing other auto insurance quotes, may be able to get a family a strong policy without breaking the bank.

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