Summer is a dangerous time for teen drivers

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Summertime is a dangerous time of year for young drivers.

Teen crashes increase 14 percent between Memorial Day and Labor Day compared to the rest of the year, according to the AAA Foundation During this period, known as the "100 Deadliest Days," crashes involving teen drivers kill an average of 10 people a day.

Kenton Brine, president of the NW Insurance Council, advises parents to coach their kids about safe driving practices.

“It's really important for parents to have a talk with your kids about their driving habits and talk to your kids about things like impaired driving and distracted driving which are two of the big killers out on our highways today,” Brine said.

He encourages parents to teach by example.

"If you're an adult in the car, you should not have your phone in your hands while you're driving, obey Washington's distracted driving laws and show a good example to your kids when you're behind the wheel and that will make it easier for them to know what to do when they are driving,” Brine told me.

Keep in mind: Passengers are especially distracting for new drivers. According to the Washington Traffic Commission, the chances of a 16 to 17-year-old, being killed in a crash increases 44 percent when they have a passenger under the age or 21.

More Info: AAA: Teen-Driver Involved Crashes Kill 10 People a Day During 100 Deadliest Days

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