The NHTSA reports that teen drivers are twice more likely to get into car accidents than adults.
Distracted driving and inexperience are the main causes of teen-related car accidents, but when you add texting into this mix, teens are 23 times more likely to crash than non-texting drivers.
Teens look to their parents for driving advice, so always make sure you give them the right tips. Go to the site driveithome.org for all you need to coach your teen driver!
The California Teen Safe Driving Coalition - CTSDC, partnered with The Allstate Foundation also with the NHTSA, is working to help teens minimize risk through the proven principles of GDL (Graduated Driver Licensing) and to build skill. The California Coalition is one of 10 state coalitions focused on reducing teen driving deaths.
11 Things You Did Not Know About Teen Driving
The NHTSA compiled a list of the top 11 things parents do not know about teen driving:
More than half of teens killed in car accidents were not wearing a seatbelt.
- Inexperience is the main reason for teen crashes.
- Most fatal crashes involving teens happen between 9 pm and midnight.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the US.
- Most dangerous time of a teen driver’s life is represented by the first year after receiving a license.
- Teens have a crash risk three times more that of drivers ages 20 and older.
- Teen passengers are one of the biggest distraction for teen drivers.
- One teen rider raises a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44%.
- Young drivers’ crash risk does not significantly begin decreasing until age 25.
- 80% of teens indicate their parents as influencing the most influence their driving habits.
- Most states’ teen driving laws and restrictions do not appropriately protect young drivers from the most serious crash risks.
Teen Texting While Driving: How Do You Stop It?
The average time eyes are not on the road if sending a text while driving is 5 seconds. There is an estimated number of 600,000 drivers that are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving at any given moment in the US. Although 44 states and the District of Columbia have placed outside the law texting while driving and many of them have even made any use of hand-held devices while driving illegal, many people still do it without thinking of the consequences. Concerned parents can follow these safety tips to help their teens stop texting while driving:
- encourage teens to turn cell phone notifications off
- lend the phone to a passenger in the vehicle and have them do the texting if an urgent response is necessary
- cell phones stay in the backseat or in another place where they cannot be reached
- consider downloading an app that will temporarily disable the phone while driving (you can find a list here)
At the Sacramento & Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, we have zero tolerance for distracted and reckless driving, and we believe young people should be informed about the dangers of driving as such.
For more information on how you can help your teen become a better driver and for legal representation, contact my law office in the Sacramento & Elk Grove areas at 800.722.4176.