10 Frightening Facts About Teen Drivers

Driving is a privilege that many teenagers and parents take for granted, but teenagers are the most at-risk group of drivers. Inexperience, peer pressure, and carelessness make driving an even bigger danger to teens and other drivers on the road. So before your teen driver cruises around this winter break, consider these discussing these 10 frightening facts about teen drivers.

  1. Car crashes claim the lives of about eight teens a day

    Car crashes are the leading cause of death among U.S. teenagers, totaling about eight teen deaths per day. No other hazard claims as many teenage lives as motor vehicle accidents.

  2. Teens are less likely to use seat belts

    Teenagers have the lowest rate of seat belt use compared to older drivers. In 2008, nearly three out of every four teen drivers killed in a drunk driving accident were not wearing a seat belt.

  3. One passenger increases teen drivers' crash risk by 48%

    The more people teenagers tote around in their car, the greater their risk is for getting into a car accident. Carrying just one passenger increases a teenage driver's crash risk by an astonishing 48%. Add two or more passengers, and the accident risk increases even more.

  4. Teenage male drivers and passengers are more likely to be killed in car crashes than females

    Male drivers and passengers, ages 15 to 19, have a greater risk of being killed in a car accident than females of the same age group. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12,479 teenage males and 6,579 females were killed in a car crash from 2000 to 2006.

  5. Nearly 60% of teen auto deaths occur before midnight

    The risk of fatal car crashes increases at night and nearly 60% of teen auto deaths happen before midnight. More than 40% of these fatal crashes occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., when it is less visible and teens are more likely to be sleep deprived or under the influence.

  1. Thirteen percent of teens admit to sending and responding to text messages while driving

    Teen drivers are more likely to be distracted behind the wheel, especially when using their cell phone. About 13% of teens admitted to sending and responding to text messages while driving, further increasing their chance of an accident.

  2. Summer is the deadliest time for teenage drivers

    The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the deadliest time for drivers ages 15 to 20, because students have more free time and are more likely to be driving at night. Less parental supervision and relaxed curfews allow for more risky behavior behind the wheel.

  3. The first year of a teen's driving experience is the most dangerous

    A teen's first year of driving is by far the most dangerous time. However, after teens complete their first 1,500 miles of unsupervised driving, the risk of a crash drops by more than two-thirds.

  4. Only 45% of teens said they would speak up if someone they were with was driving recklessly

    A frightening fact about teen drivers is that only 45% said they would speak up if they were riding with someone who made them feel unsafe. Teenagers don't want to challenge their friends or show that they're scared, so they have a tendency to not speak up when their friends are driving dangerously.

  5. More than one-third of teen auto deaths involve speeding

    Speeding is one of the biggest risk factors in teen car crashes, which accounts for more than one-third of teen fatalities. Teen drivers often speed to impress their friends and break the law by racing other cars.

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