It is important to emphasize the need for motor vehicle safety to our teen drivers. Unlike other life lessons learned, a mistake while driving could mean injury or death to themselves or others. They need to be armed with driving skills and more importantly, an understanding of motor vehicle safety.
With so many more distractions these days, educating our children on the importance of being a responsible driver is more necessary than ever. The best way to begin is to know the statistics that we’re dealing with. Here are some facts about teens and driving:
- 33% of deaths among 13 to 19-year-olds in 2010 occurred in motor vehicle crashes.
- 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
- 56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving.
- Statistics show that 16 and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger.
- Only 44% of teens said they would definitely speak up if someone were driving in a way that scared them.
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- Teen drivers with involved parents are twice as likely to wear seat belts.
- More than 40% of teen auto deaths occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Talking on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident as well as slow a young driver’s reaction time down to that of a 70-year-old.
- 1 in 5 of 16-year-old drivers has an accident within their first year of driving.
- 56% of teenagers rely on their parents to learn how to drive.
- Crash risk for teens increase incrementally with each mile per hour over the speed limit.
These cold, hard facts are disturbing indeed. The best guide that we can be for our teenagers is to provide them with knowledge before they begin to leave the nest. Make sure that they understand that while driving, focusing on the road is priority ONE!