Driving as a teen already puts you at an experiential disadvantage. That, combined with distracted driving behaviors, has prompted some alarming statistics.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death and disability for teens.
- 78% of teenage crash deaths in 2019 were passenger vehicle occupants.
- About 2 of every 3 teenagers killed in crashes in 2019 were males.
- The risk of fatal crashes goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in a car.
- 28% of teen crashes in 2019 involved speeding.
Distracted driving is putting more than the driver at risk. Next time you get in the car, limit your exposure to fatalities by doing the following things:
- Wear a Seatbelt. In 2018, the CDC reported that almost half of the teens, ages 16-19, that died in fatal car accidents died while unrestrained.
- Put Your Phone On Do-Not-Disturb
- Don’t Drive Late at Night. Teenage motor vehicle crashes in 2018 were found to occur most commonly between 9:00 PM and midnight.
- Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and stay safe.
The same and more safe driving practices that are taught in A-1’s Defensive Driving Class can apply to be a safe driver in a car and on a motorcycle.
If you’re gearing up for driving to and from school every day, these tips should help you protect yourself and those around you!
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