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Memorial Day to Labor Day include 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

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Ohio Highway Patrol recommends going to a low-traffic area or parking lot to practice safe driving with your teen. Ohio Highway Patrol recommends going to a low-traffic area or parking lot to practice safe driving with your teen.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

How safe are your kids on the road? Parents beware as we enter the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers according to the National Safety Council.

This time of year is the most dangerous on the road for teen drivers. National statistics show a spike in crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

"Right now the kids have a lot of free time on their hands," said Sergeant Chris Fitzgerald, Ohio Highway Patrol.

Teens have free time and many choose to spend it behind the wheel. But state troopers say before you let your teen drive, there are a few things you should know.

"The biggest detriment to safe teen driving right now is that they're inexperienced," said Fitzgerald.

Ohio Highway Patrol recommends going to a low-traffic area or parking lot to practice safe driving with your teen.

The National Safety Council says nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers during this time period in 2012. They say inexperience and distractions in the car both increase the risk of crashing. It's important to note the number of passengers teens can have is limited.

"Until you reach 18 you're not allowed to have more than one person who is not related to you in your vehicle," said Fitzgerald.

The National Safety Council says teens are three times more likely to crash than experienced drivers. Be sure to go over some of these tips with your teen before they hit the road.

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