100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers Begin

CHAMPAIGN--This past weekend marked the start of the "100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers.

According to a study by AAA, teen crash rates usually rise between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

While the overall number of accidents caused by teens behind the wheel has dropped by 50 percent during the last 20 years, two-thirds of those injured or killed in these crashes are not the driver's themselves, but their passengers, other motorists, or pedestrians.

"Probably the biggest problem is you're driving too fast," said driving instructor, Craig Hausman, owner of JR's Driving School. "You do not judge your time, space and distance too well. And then of course, when there is a crash, you're hitting a lot faster."

Hausman says he tells teens that the best way to avoid an accident is to anticipate what other drivers will do, and give themselves enough time to react.
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