Buckle Up, Sunshine State: Navigating Florida’s 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Memorial Day to Labor Day, are nationally known as the most dangerous time for teen drivers. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) department, studies performed by AAA and the Florida Safe Teen Driving Coalition indicate a drastic increase in fatal crashes involving teen drivers behind the wheel. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call the local attorneys you can trust – Barnes Cohen & Sullivan.

Florida attracts tourists with its sugar-sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and endless sunshine. But with summer’s arrival comes a period known as the “100 Deadliest Days,” a sobering reminder that these carefree months can hold hidden dangers, particularly for teen drivers.

Why the 100 Days?

The 100-day window between Memorial Day and Labor Day coincides with a surge in teen driving fatalities. Statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) show a significant increase in crashes involving teen drivers during this time. While March might be the deadliest month overall for teen drivers due to factors like spring break, the extended freedom of summer combined with inexperience creates a unique risk.

What Makes Teens More Vulnerable?

Teen drivers are more susceptible to accidents for several reasons:

Lack of Experience: Teens don’t have a lot of experience behind the wheel to develop reflexes and instincts when driving around other dangerous drivers.

Nighttime Driving: With summer months, teens are often out later.

Distracted Driving: Passengers, Cell phone use, and loud music are all distractions and are often more prevalent with teens.

Immaturity: Teens are still developing their decision-making skills and may be more prone to taking risks or misjudging situations when driving.

Statistics during the 100-day window between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

According to the FLHSMV, in 2023, there were 18,607 crashes in the state of Florida. Of those crashes, 2,858 involved injuries in teen related accidents. From these crashes, investigators stated speeding was the number one cause of auto accidents.


Staying Safe on Florida’s Roads

Here are some crucial steps to take to navigate the 100 Deadliest Days safely:

For Teens:

  • Focus on the Road: Put away your phone, avoid loud music, and limit the number of passengers in the car.
  • Practice Defensive Driving: Be aware of your surroundings, anticipate other drivers’ actions, and maintain a safe following distance.
  • Never Drive Under the Influence: Even small amounts of alcohol or drugs can impair your judgment.
  • Obey Speed Limits and Traffic Laws: A few extra minutes aren’t worth risking your life or others’.
  • Get Enough Sleep: Drowsiness is a major factor in accidents.

For Parents:

  • Set Clear Expectations: Establish firm rules about driving, including curfews, passenger limitations, and zero tolerance for distractions.
  • Lead by Example: Model safe driving behavior yourself.
  • Practice with Your Teen: Provide supervised driving experiences in a variety of conditions.
  • Encourage Graduated Licensing: Florida’s graduated licensing system helps young drivers gain experience gradually.
  • Talk About the 100 Deadliest Days: Openly discuss the risks and emphasize the importance of safe driving.


The freedom of driving comes with a responsibility. Don’t let the sunshine state’s summer fun be overshadowed by tragedy. Buckle up, stay focused, and let’s navigate these 100 days – and every day – safely. To learn more safety tips for teen drivers, visit FLHSMV.

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