Memorial Day until Labor Day is the deadliest time of year to be driving.
According to the American Automobile Association, approximately 1,000 people die each year in crashes involving teenage drivers during the summer months.
It is known as the “100 deadliest days,” according to AAA.
The automobile research agency reports that the average number of deaths increase about 15 percent during the summer compared to other times of the year.
According to the AAA, teens are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash during the summer driving season.
Many young, inexperienced drivers are on the roadways now that school is out for the summer.
“There are a lot of first-time drivers on the roadways throughout the day with no school,” said Maj. Jim Sherley, undersheriff of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Distracted driving plays a big part in all accidents, Sherley said.
Talking on the cell phone, texting, listening to the radio or having multiple friends in the vehicle can distract a driver, Sherley said.
He said it is illegal to text while driving in Kansas, even when stopped at a stoplight.
“Stay off of your phone while driving, especially in residential areas where there are a lot of kids,” said Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman. “If you have to be on the phone or text, pull off of the road.”
Inexperienced drivers are still developing their skill sets for maneuvering a vehicle, Sherley said.
During the summer harvest season, there are more agricultural tractors and wagons on the road.
“Be patient,” Sherley said.
He said drivers should be aware that summer is the peak time for people to ride motorcycles.
Sherley said drivers should always buckle their seat belts, leave early for their destination and look out for other drivers.
“Slow down and give yourself plenty of time,” Wayman said. “And just pay attention.”