During National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 20-26), traffic safety advocates throughout the country will work to raise awareness about why teen drivers crash and how to prevent these crashes.
To help parents understand the scope of the problem, the National Safety Council compiled a long list of the top 10 things most parents don’t know about teen driving:
Car crashes are the leading source of death for teens from the U.S.
Most dangerous duration of a teen driver’s every day life is the first twelve months after getting license
A teen drivers’ crash risk is 3 times that of drivers ages 20 and older
Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not simply because they take more risks behind the wheel.
Teen passengers are one of the biggest distractions for teen drivers. Just one teen passenger raises a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44 percent. Two passengers doubles fatal crash risk. Three or higher quadruples crash risk.
Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight
Over fifty percent of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained from a seatbelt.
Most states’ teen driving restrictions and laws tend not to adequately protect teen drivers from the most serious crash risks
Teens really do learn to drive from watching their parents. A survey from The Allstate Foundation found 80 percent of teens cite their parents as obtaining the most influence over teens’ driving habits.
Crash risk remains high after licensure. In fact, young drivers’ crash risk is not going to significantly begin decreasing until age 25.