According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015,
2,333 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in motor vehicle
crashes and another 221,313 were treated in emergency departments. Out
of any age group, teenagers are least likely to buckle up, despite being
most at risk for accidents. What makes teenage drivers so susceptible
to accidents? If you have a teen driver in your household, the answer
to this question is of particular importance to you. Continue reading
to find out why teens crash at a higher rate than adults.
1.Distractions: We tend to only think of cell phone use when we consider distractions
on the road, but the fact is that there are several types of distractions.
Talking to passengers, grooming, eating and drinking, and using a mobile
device are all forms of distracted driving. Using a hands-free device
is just as dangerous as a handheld one, so impress the importance of saving
calls and texts for later, when it is safe. Multitasking is dangerous
for drivers of all ages, and even more so for young ones who have slower
reaction times due to inexperience.
2.Speeding: According to the National Young Driver Survey (NYDS), teens generally
define speeding as going at least 10 miles an hour above the speed limit.
However, going even a couple of miles an hour over the speed limit is
considered speeding and is dangerous, particularly for young drivers.
It increases the distance required to stop your car in time and, if someone
suddenly brakes in front of them, it is a recipe for disaster. In serious
crashes where teen driver error was the cause, 21% resulted from speeding
too fast for road conditions.
3.Driving at night: Driving at night tends to be more dangerous for any driver due to a lack
of visibility. Teens are especially more likely to crash at night than
they are during the day. In the dark, they have less time to see and react
to signs on the road, upcoming curves, cars swerving into their lane,
a pedestrian crossing the street, or any other road landmark or obstacle.
That is why it is crucial for drivers to slow down and exercise more caution,
which is something more experienced drivers are aware of. Teenage drivers
lack the practice and experience necessary for safer nighttime driving.
4.Seat belt usage: Teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 have the lowest
seat belt use out of any other age group, making them more susceptible
to severe or fatal injuries caused by car accidents. Seat belt use can
actually decrease the risk of serious motor vehicle accidents by about
50%. In some states, not wearing a seat belt is a secondary offense, which
means a police officer cannot stop a driver for not wearing a seat belt,
though he or she can cite it as a secondary violation if the driver committed
a primary offense like speeding. In states where not wearing a seat belt
constitutes a primary offense, teen drivers were 12% more likely to wear
them and passengers were 15% more likely to buckle up.
As parents, it is crucial to set a good example for teenage drivers in
your household. Practice safe driving habits for them to follow and emphasize
the importance of treating this great privilege with the respect it deserves.
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