This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, promoted by the National Safety Council. Our office is committed to helping spread safety awareness to drivers of all ages, so we would like to share the top 10 things that the NSC has posted that many parents do NOT know about teen driving.
Many parents are under-educated about teen driver safety and the risks that new drivers face. Being a teenage driver is much different today than it was a few years ago. There are more distractions that drivers have, so it is imperative for parents to set a proper example for their new drivers and to help educate them of the important safety factors that should be followed.
Top 10 Things Many Parents Don’t Know About Teen Driving
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
- The most dangerous time of a teen driver’s life is the first 12 months after receiving a license.
- A teen drivers’ crash risk is three times that of drivers ages 20 and older.
- Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not because they take more risks behind the wheel.
- Teen passengers are one of the biggest distractions for teen drivers. Just one teen passenger raises a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44 percent. Two passengers doubles fatal crash risk. Three or more quadruples crash risk.
- Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight.
- More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained by a seat belt.
- Most states’ teen driving laws and restrictions do not adequately protect teen drivers from the most serious crash risks.
- Teens really do learn to drive from watching their parents. A survey from The Allstate Foundation found 80 percent of teens cite their parents as having the most influence over teen’s driving habits.
- Crash risk remains high after licensure. In fact, young drivers’ crash risk does not significantly begin decreasing until age 25.
The vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Safety Countil, John Ulczycki, explained, “Parents literally hold the keys to developing good teen drivers.”
Our office believes that by spreading safety awareness we can help others to become educated and save lives. If you have a teen driver or know a teen driver, please make sure they are building safe driving habits. For more information, visit the NSC website.