October is the most dangerous month of the year for teen driver crashes. According to State Farm® claims data, the highest number of injury or collision claims filed by 16- and 17-year old drivers continues to hit a high point in October, spiking by about 15 percent when compared to other months of the year.

State Farm evaluated its extensive claims database from 2003 – 2009, and in every year, October continues to register the most claims across the United States and portions of Canada. At a state level, about 1 in 4 states show October as the most dangerous month of the year for teen crashes. About 70 percent of states show October as being among its top three months for teen accident claims.

Keeping teens safe behind the wheel requires a year-round commitment, the fall time frame is critically important. As teens return to school, attend homecoming and begin managing very busy schedules, it’s important to keep safe driving practices at the forefront because the data shows this is one of the most dangerous times of year for teens to be on the road.

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