This week is Teen Driver Safety Awareness Week! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. is motor vehicle accidents. Statistics show that teen drivers are killed at an alarming rate, seven teenagers between the ages of 16-19 suffer fatal accidents every day. While young people only make up fourteen percent of the nation’s population, they contribute to over thirty percent of all U.S. automobile crashes and injuries.
Car accidents can happen to anyone, but here are the top eight risks to teenage drivers:
- Driving with other teenage passengers
- Driving at night
- Driving without seat belts
- Driving while impaired
- Reckless driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Distracted driving
In addition to knowing the risks that make teenagers more vulnerable on the road, here are some safety tips to help teens develop safe driving practices and habits:
- Obey the speed limit – speeding does not allow a proper reaction time, especially to drivers who are still inexperienced and are learning to drive
- Don’t leave the car on cruise control when driving at night – if the driver is drowsy and falls to sleep while the car is in cruise control, the car will crash at the set speed
- Always wear a seat belt – unbuckled drivers and passengers contributed to 60% of the fatal accidents among 16-20 year olds
- Do not text and drive – the average time it takes to read and respond to a text is the equivalent of driving across a football field blind folded, don’t drive distracted and put others and yourself at risk
- Do not blast music – if music is extremely loud, drivers may not hear a siren that could warn of potential danger
- Do not ride with an impaired driver – if the driver of the car had been drinking, call someone else for a ride
- Do not cram people in a car – make sure every passenger has a seat belt and does not distract the driver
- Share the road – stay alert to pedestrians and bikers crossing the street
Parents and teenagers can help hold each other accountable for safe driving practices to help decrease teenage car crashes.
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