Sadly, crashes for teen drivers increase significantly duringthe summer months because teens drive more during this time ofyear.

Just in time for summer and increased teen driving, theAAA Foundation forTraffic Safety has released a study confirming that nearly 60% of teencrashes involve distractions behind the wheel.The research also finds a disturbing trend showing that texting andsocial media use are on the rise amongst teen drivers.

“Every day during the summer driving season, an average of 10people die as a result of injuries from a crash involving a teendriver,” said Jurek Grabowski, research director for the AAAFoundation for Traffic Safety. “This new research shows thatdistraction continues to be one of the leading causes of crashesfor teen drivers. By better understanding how teens are distractedon the road, we can better prevent deaths throughout the 100Deadliest Days and the rest of the year.”

Trends in teen driver crashes

The AAA Foundation analyzed the moments leading up to a crash inmore than 2,200 videos captured from in-car dash cameras. Thelatest report compared new crash videos with those captured from2007 -2012.

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