Facts About Teen Driving

Teenagers can be dangerous on the road. It’s a fact that 16-year-old teenagers have the highest crash rates than drivers of other age groups. They can’t be banned outright from driving, but here are some facts that you need to know about teen driving.

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Teen Driving

  1. In 2010, 33 percent of deaths among 13- to 19-year-olds happened in car accidents.
  2. The 16-year-old age group has a higher rate of crashes than any other group.
  3. A huge 56 percent of teens admit to talking on the phone while driving.
  4. Based on statistics, the driver death rate of 16to 17-year-old driver increases with each additional passenger.
  5. A study showed that only 44 percent of teenagers would speak up if they were in a car of a person who’s driving made them feel scared.

Parental Supervision

  1. A teen driver with involved parents are twice as likely to wear a seat belt.
  2. Over 40 percent of teen car accident deaths happen between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  3. When a young driver talks on a cellphone, that doubles that likelihood of an accident happening. The driver’s reaction time would be slowed to the same rate as a 70-year-old person.

Distracted Driving

  1. Within their first year of learning to drive, one in every five 16-year-old drivers will have an accident.
  2. A great majority (56 percent) of teens say that they rely on their parents to teach them how to drive.
  3. With each mile per hour above the speed limit, the crash risk of teens driving increases.

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