Your Teen Driver’s Best Protection Is You
In March of 2015, AAA released a study that months later I continue to tell the students about.
Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied. NHTSA previously has estimated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes. The whole article is here and for those of us who like less words and more pictures:
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.
One in five ninth through 11th graders has been involved in at least one crash as a passenger in the past year (2007).
Seven percent of teens in our survey have been the driver in at least one crash where someone needed medical attention.
One-fourth of all ninth through 11th graders have been in a crash of this type as a passenger in their lifetimes.
In a first state-by-state look at teen driver deaths in 2012, the preliminary numbers aren’t good. In fact, teen deaths jumped 19 percent overall for the first six months of 2012.
Teenage drivers lack experience, which is a main reason they have high crash rates. In 2011, there were 14 teen driver deaths in Florida. The number of fatalities decreased to 5 in 2012. Five deaths, however, is still too high.
Negotiating and adopting a written agreement between you and your teen that reflects your expectations and clearly defines the restrictions, privileges, rules, and consequences that will serve as the basis for the teen to earn, and for you to grant, progressively broader driving privileges. Dr. Dale Wisely, Ph.D. from www.ParentingTeenDrivers.com has written an excellent document, that you can find here, that as a parent, you can use freely.
Designed to supplement your teen’s driver education curriculum, this brochure from Allstate offers valuable information, advice and a lesson plan for you to use to help your teen gain valuable driving experience.
Additional information and statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found here.