The 100 deadliest days refers to the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of fatal teen driver crashes increases by 15 percent as compared to the rest of the year. When using rental trucks this summer, it is important to know what to look out for during this dangerous time of year.

Dont Be Stupid

The same rules apply when you’re using rental trucks and when you’re driving a normal car. The most obvious advice is to avoid stupidity. First of all, don’t drive distracted. Distracted driving is one of the top causes of auto accidents and is also the easiest to avoid. Don’t let a text on your phone or the scenery around you ruin someone else’s life or your own.

If you’re tired maybe take a quick nap before you get behind the wheel of your flatbed rental truck. Drowsy driving is dangerous and isn’t worth risking your life.

Nothing Good Happens Past Midnight

You’ve heard the saying that nothing good happens after the sun goes down. This applies to driving as well. The most dangerous time to drive is at night in the dark. Avoid driving at night if possible to ensure the most safety in your rental truck.

Avoid Teenage Drivers

The 100 Deadliest Days applies most specifically to teenagers, as they are the most at risk of fatal crashes during this time of year. To make sure you stay safe, steer clear of areas where teenagers are commonly present. These places could vary depending on where you live, but generally popular nightlife spots should be avoided.

Speeding

As much as you’ll probably feel like a free spirit driving around in your half ton pickup, that doesn’t mean you are above the law. Always be aware of the speed limit make sure you stay in a safe range of the posted speed as to avoid a serious incident — and a ticket.