Category - Teen
Talk to your teen about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. Share some stories and statistics related to teen drivers and distracted driving. Remind your teen often that driving is a skill that requires the drivers full attention. how big is the problem? In 2017, 2,364 teens in the united states aged 16-19 were killed, and about 300,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. 1 that means six teens aged 16-19 died every day due to motor vehicle crashes, and hundreds more were injured. Two-thirds of teen passenger deaths are in vehicles driven by other teenagers over one-third of teen fatal crashes are speed related according to the california office of traffic safety, a 16-year-old is 20 times more likely to be killed in a crash than an adult. 1 six teens aged 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle crash injuries. 1 per mile driven, teen drivers aged 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. 2 the good news is that teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable. Teen driving and texting is one of the major road safety hazards. This means that more than a quarter of all crashes are caused by texting. The overwhelming majority (75 percent) of serious teen driver crashes are due to critical errors, with the three common errors accounting for nearly half of these crashes lack of scanning that is needed to detect and respond to hazards, going too fast for road conditions (e.). They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things. The national highway traffic safety administration sponsors teen driver safety week each year in october. Parents are the biggest influencers on their teen drivers, even if you think they arent. As of 2016, there are approximately 687,200 bus drivers employed in the united states. (us bureau of labor statistics, 2017) bus travel (all types school bus, coach bus, and transit bus) is second only to commercial air travel in terms of safety. Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road. Drivers age 16-19 are twice as likely to crash as those 20-24 three times as likely as those 25-29 and more than four times as likely as those 30-69. Strong restrictions on nighttime driving and teen passengers, as well as raising the licensing age, reduced rates of fatal crashes and insurance collision claims. According to the insurance institute for highway safety a total of 2,820 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016.