Teen Driving Safety Tips
While the statistic we’re about to give you might be a little scary or disheartening, it is a fact that needs to be spread and made aware. The leading killer of teenagers from age 13-19 is motor vehicle collisions. In 2012, over 2,500 teen lives were taken due to vehicular collisions. A study was performed by an organization called Safe Kids Worldwide, where they interviewed 1,000 teens from age 13-19 and recorded their answers. We’re going to give you the rundown of this study to open your eyes to the opinions of a majority of teenagers, and then give you some teen driving safety tips that you need to instill in your son or daughter’s head.
The first question asked was about wearing a seatbelt. One in four teenagers stated that they do not always wear a seatbelt. A few of the reasons they cited were that they forgot or weren’t in the habit (34%), they weren’t going very far (16%), or they were uncomfortable when wearing the seatbelt (11%). One in four might not sound like that bad of a statistic, but when you pair it with the fact that half of those over 2,500 teens that were killed in car crashes in 2012 were not wearing their seatbelt, it becomes a much more serious matter.
Another almost terrifying finding from the study was that 49% of these teenagers do not feel safe when riding in a fellow teenager’s car, and even scarier that 31% didn’t feel safe riding with their parents. 39% of teens reported riding while another teen was texting and driving, which is just not okay. Many of these things can be fixed by simply sitting down with your teenage children and explaining to them the importance of safety when driving. Teens who have parents involved in their driving are twice as likely to click it, 70% are less likely to drive under the influence, half are less likely to use excessive speed, and 30% will stop using a cell phone while behind the wheel.
In closing there are five rules that you can focus on teaching your teens before getting behind the wheel. 1. No cell phones. 2. no extra passengers. 3. no speeding. 4. no alcohol. And 5. always buckle up. Teach these “Five to Drive” rules to your teens and they’ll be much safer on the road. It also wouldn’t hurt to take a look at this list of used vehicles much safer for teen drivers.