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As summer approaches, the rate of teen car accidents, injuries, and fatalities will rise significantly along with the temperature. In fact, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest when it comes to teen driving.

In order to raise awareness of this dangerous time, the Texas Department of Transportation has released a list of the most dangerous roads and stretches of highway for teen drivers based on crash data collected in the last five years.

What are the most dangerous roadways for teen drivers in Texas? Teen safety advocates say to be wary of I-45 and I-10 in Harris County, Highway 59, and the 610 Loop. On the Harris County stretch of I-45 alone, there were over 3,000 car accidents involving teen drivers since 2006. While some of these crashes were not preventable, many teen driving accidents involve inexperienced drivers, drinking and driving, distracted driving, speeding, and reckless driving. In addition, safety advocates note that Texas teens aren’t buckling up nearly enough, especially at night or when with friends.

What can we do to help curb the number of teen driving accidents and injuries, especially on the roads mentioned above? Be sure to set a good example for your teens by following the rules of the road and always buckling up. In addition, teach your kids about the dangers of texting and driving and other driver distractions, including socializing too much with others in the car while behind the wheel.
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