Teen Driving Statistics

Teen driving can be nerve racking for any parent. We all want the convenience of having someone help do errands or pick something up at the store but we never want to worry about the hazards that go with it. The truth is, there is a lot to worry about.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) gives the following facts:
  1. In 2005, 4,544 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 died because of injury do to automobile accidents. 400,000 more suffered injuries.
  2. Teen boys have 1.5% more automobile related deaths than teen girls.
  3. Accidents are more likely to occur in the first year of driving.
  4. Teens underestimate the danger of certain situations when driving.
  5. Teens are more likely to speed or follow to closely.
  6. Teens have the lowest usage of seat belts.
  7. 3 out of 10 teens reported that they had driven with someone under the influence.
  8. Graduated Driver Licensing, when completed, reduces the rate of fatalities and injuries of 16 year of age by up to 40%.
These are daunting facts but they are real. Parents need to make sure that teens have adequate training and maturity to be behind the wheel of an automobile. It is a great idea for parents to sit down and discuss the responsibilities that go with driving. Teens need to understand that this is a privilege to be used with the greatest care. They need to know your expectations and what the consequences will be if the privilege is abused. A parent contract that covers the topic of teen driving can be very useful and open up the doors to effective communication.