Don't Be a Teen Driving Statistic
More than 1 million teen drivers are involved in auto accidents each year – that's about two teen car crashes per minute. And while it's difficult to predict when and where these accidents will happen, knowing which factors increase the likelihood of a crash can help you avoid dangerous situations. Here are a few driving statistics for young drivers, and how to stay safe on the road:
23% of all car crashes are caused by cell-phone-distracted drivers
The rise in smartphone use has made distracted driving more dangerous than ever. Teen drivers aren't just talking while driving: they're texting, emailing and checking GPS directions. If ignoring your phone while driving is a challenge, eliminate the temptation by turning it off before getting behind the wheel. There are also smartphone apps available that disable functions like text messaging, internet and phone calls while the car is in motion.
77% of freeway fatalities involve speeds greater than 55 mph
Speeding on the highway is dangerous because it lowers your reaction time and increases the severity of a crash. Staying under the speed limit gives teen drivers more time to react to obstacles in the road, and reduces the chance of serious injury or death if you are in an accident.
Wearing a seatbelt decreases the likelihood of a car crash injury or death by 50%
It's a simple safety tip that's become law in several states. By fastening your seatbelt, the chance that you'll be seriously hurt or killed in a crash is reduced by half. And if you often forget to buckle up, many newer cars will activate a friendly yet sometimes annoying beeping sound as a reminder.
Teens make up 4.9% of drivers, yet are involved in 12.2% of all accidents
Teen drivers aren't always less responsible than adults, but they are less experienced. In the first few years behind the wheel, teen drivers are more than twice as likely to get into an accident as drivers between the ages of 25-34. Practice with an adult driver is one of the most effective ways to teach teen driver safety. Make sure they know and follow traffic laws, and that your teen is comfortable behind the wheel before heading out alone.
These suggestions and new driver statistics may reduce the chance of a car crash, but accidents can still happen. Auto insurance for teenagers can pay for damages to your vehicle after a crash, and help with medical costs if you or another passenger is injured.
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