The most significant threat facing teens is the vehicle sitting in their parents’ driveways. Yet, many parents remain under-educated about teen driving safety and the risks new drivers face. In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-26, the National Safety Council released a comprehensive list of things many parents do not – but need to – know about teen driver safety:
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
- Most dangerous time of a teen driver’s life is the first 12 months after receiving a license
- A teen driver’s crash risk is three times that of drivers ages 20 and older
- Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not 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 more quadruples crash risk. Read the rest of this entry »