The deadliest day in the deadliest season for teenage drivers will fall Wednesday as the nation celebrates Independence Day, according to AAA.
Free from school and homework, teenagers spend more hours behind the wheel in the summer, and four of the days when the most teen fatalities were recorded fall in those months. July 4 tops a list that includes July 9, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14. The end of the school year produced three other dates that made the top 10 — June 10, May 20 and May 23.
“Teen driving goes up by 44 percent during the summertime, and during these months, teens tend to drive more often . . .and they have less parental supervision than they do during the school year,” said John B. Townsend II of AAA. “Nearly a third — 32 percent — of Maryland’s teen driver and passenger deaths happen in the carefree summer months.”