This week we are promoting safe driving for teenagers. Many teens think that when they turn 16 and can drive, they are on top of the world. However, one mistake could make their world turn upside down. 17% of teens who were involved in fatal accidents in 2016 had been drinking. More car crashes kill teens every year than cancer, homicide and suicide combined.
Research shows that teens value the opinions of their parents, even though it might not always seem like it. AAA has great resources for parents and teen drivers to look at and understand before hitting the road. This includes information on risks, distractions, insurance, driver education and more. There are is also a parent-teen agreement that can be used to lay down the rules as to where, when, who and what conditions teens are allowed to drive in. Sharing knowledge and information about safe driving upfront, could potentially be life-saving.
Some Good to know Facts about Teen Driving:
- Nearly 2/3 of people injured or killed in a teen driver crash are people other than the driver.
- Teens account for less than 4% of all miles driven, but nearly 8% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes.
- There is a higher risk of crashing when 2 teens are in the car, with one driving.
- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young drivers are 17 times more likely to die in a car crash when drinking and driving is involved.
- It takes about 5 years of experience for teens to reach the skill level of most drivers
- 6/10 teen crashes involve some type of driver distraction.
If your teen is preparing or just starting to get behind the wheel, these resources are perfect to help make sure your child has all the information that they might need to know. Going through all of this information with them will also ease your worries as a parent. We will always worry, but knowing they have all the tools they need, helps.