Teens who say their parents set rules and monitor their driving in a helpful and supportive way are half as likely to be in a crash! Don't be afraid to talk to your teens about safe driving habits. Their life depends on it!
1. Overconfidence and an "it can't happen to me" attitude
Teens tend to overrate their own driving skills, believing that they will be able to handle risky situations. Driver error is a factor in 2/3 of fatal teen crashes.
2. Failing to buckle up
Seat belt use among teens is the lowest of any age group. Six out of 10 drivers, aged 16-20, who were killed in crashes in the U.S. were not wearing seatbelts.
3. Talking on a cell phone or texting
Teens state cell phone usage is their #1 distraction while driving. Using a cell phone when driving is AS dangerous as driving intoxicated.
Crash risks increase incrementally with each mile per hour driven over the speed limit. One-third of U.S. teen fatalities involve speeding.
5. Impaired driving
Almost half of all traffic fatalities involving 16 to 24 year olds are alcohol-related. Driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
6. Passenger distractions
By carrying just one passenger the risk for a crash increases by 50 percent. With three or more passengers, the risk is nearly four times greater than while driving alone.
7. Driving at night
Teens are twice as likely to crash at night (9pm-6am) than during the day.
8. Failure to anticipate potential dangers
Crash rates for newly licensed drivers are highest during the first six months of driving. Lack of experience plays a key role in teen crashes.
9. Ignoring car maintenance
Teens are more likely to drive old vehicles, and may be unaware of the importance of routine maintenance or unwilling to make necessary repairs.
Taking an active roll in teaching you children safe driving habits can prevent a deadly crash like the one that took Nikki's life. All parent's need to help their kid's understand that driving a vehicle is very dangerous. In an instance an innocent person can be killed, and it may be your son or daughter. Don't wait until it's too late, get involved with "Share The Keys" and the "GDL" programs now. Don't let your child get in a car unless their friend has been through the programs and understands the importance of attentive driving.