January is Teen Driving Awareness Month

Statistics Indicate that Teens Crash Because They Are Inexperienced Drivers.

Teen drivers are not statistics; they are someone’s child.

Contrary to popular belief, teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatal crash rate of 16-year-old’s is nearly twice as high at night,between 9 p.m. and midnight.  Of the teens, aged 13-19, who died in passenger vehicle crashes  approximately 55% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Nearly 70 percent of young drivers admit to using their cell phone and driving. One in five teenagers believe it’s safe to text message and drive.

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A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.

Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.

Drive Safe.

 

 

 

Sources:
CA  OTS
UMTRI
Distration.gov
NHTSA

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