Memorial Day is often called the unofficial start to summer. It also marks the beginning of the 100 most dangerous days to be a teenage driver. The National Safety Council says the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest days to be a teen driver.

The Council says that nearly 1,000 people die in crashes involving teenagers during that time period nationwide. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens.

Why the increase during these next 100 days? Teen drivers are more likely to be driving with friends during the summer months. That makes a teenager 44% more likely to get in a crash. The Council also noted that teens may be driving later and are more likely to speed during the summer, both increase the chance of a crash.

 

[via KCRG]