Every year eager new drivers set out to experience the anticipated thrill of the open road. Being able to drive brings a new found independence but it comes with a high level of risk. According to the CDC, in 2011, about 2,650 teens in the United States aged 16–19 were killed and almost 292,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes. That means that seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.
Why does this occur?
• Teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
• Among male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20, 37% were speeding at the time of the crash and 25% had been drinking alcohol.
• Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use.
• 77% of young adults are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving
• Teens who text while they drive spend approximately 10% of their driving time outside of their lane.
Take this time to stress the importance of safe driving to your teen drivers. Set a good example by using caution while driving, following traffic laws, follow the speed limits, and be a “defensive” driver.
Pledge with us to not text and drive!