10 things parents should know about teen driving
For National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-26, the National Safety Council has released a comprehensive list of things many parents do not, but need to know about teen driver safety.
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.
Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight
More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained by a seatbelt.
Most states’ teen driving laws and restrictions do not 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 having the most influence over teens’ driving habits.
Crash risk remains high after licensure. In fact, young drivers’ crash risk does not significantly begin decreasing until age 25.