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Teens and Cars

It’s a proud moment and a frightening moment at the same time – when your child gets their driving license and takes a car on the road for the first time, unsupervised. Research shows that teen drivers are more likely than seasoned drivers to do the following things:

  • Skipping seat belts.
    • More than half of the teens fatally injured in car crashes were not wearing their seatbelts.
  • Texting while driving.
    • Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds at 55 mph is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field – blindfolded.
  • Being afraid while others are driving, and not speaking up.
    • Half of teens report feeling unsafe riding with a driver who is not alert. And one-third of teens feel unsafe with a parent driving.
  • Having too many passengers.
    • When 2 or more teens are riding together in a car with a teen driver, the risk of a fatal crash can double to triple.
  • Drinking and driving.
    • Fifteen percent of drivers between 16-19 who suffered fatal injuries in a car crash had a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher.
  • Driving when its dark.
    • The risk of a fatal crash can be more than 3 times higher at night for inexperienced teen drivers.
  • Driving over the speed limit.
    • More than 1/3 of teens killed in crashes were found to be speeding.

More than 2500 teens die in car crashes every year. Speak with your teens about driving.

  • Insist that they buckle up, every time.
  • Make sure their phone is either in the glove box or the back seat when driving, with alerts turned off.
  • Limit the number of passengers in the car at one time.
  • Speak up if they feel unsafe.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Drive after dark only after extra practice, with a parent or an experienced driver.

Always follow the speed limit.

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