Tips for Teen Drivers: The Statistics
Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States and a leading cause of death in countries around the world. Youth-led campaigns like Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM) promote safe teen driving through a peer-to-peer model.
Did you know:
- Summer is the deadliest season for young drivers?
- 11% of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash?
- In 2013, almost 29% of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash were speeding?
- In summer, 41% of teens drive more often for long periods of time, raising crash risk?
- In summer, 50% of teens drive in the dark more often, raising crash risk?
- According to the NHTSA, teenage drivers and passengers are among those least likely to wear their seat belts?
- 1 in 4 teens recently said they don’t wear their seat belts?
- In summer, 52% of teen drivers have teen passengers more often, again raising crash risk?
- 1 in 5 high schoolers and 1 in 8 middle schoolers cross the street distracted and it’s super risky?
- 51% of all pedestrian fatalities happen to people ages 15-19?
- Drinking and driving not only affects you, but also someone’s family member or friend you just hit?
- 1 in 4 teens admit to driving under the influence of marijuana, alcohol or R/X, risking their lives and others?
- Car crashes are the leading cause of teen death and about 25% involve an underage drinking driver?
- Teens have some of the highest injury rates in pedestrian and bicycle crashes?
- In large truck crashes where one or more deaths result from the crash, 88% of the time it is attributable to driver error by either the car or truck driver?
Distracted pedestrians + distracted drivers = dangerous combo.
You need to pay attention to the road whether walking or driving.
Data from National Organizations for Youth Safety.
What you can do â€¦
- Arrive alive. Don’t drink and drive.
- Slow down, go the speed limit.
- Buckle up,
- Don’t drive distracted; no texting, emailing or talking on the phone while driving.
- Limit the number of passengers in your car.
- Pay attention to the road whether walking or driving.
- Come to an agreement with your parents on car rules and passenger safety.
Auto Accidents are a leading cause of Personal Injury
No matter what age we are, we spend a great deal of time in our cars and on the road. We eat in our cars, talk on the phone, text, and check email; we are a society of distracted drivers. It’s no wonder that auto accidents are the leading cause of personal injuries.
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