I think every parent can relate to the anxiety inducing evenings of waiting for teen drivers to arrive home safely.
Summer is upon us. And for teenage drivers, the highest numbers of car accidents (including car crashes involving injury and death) occurs in the summer. And car accidents are the leading cause of death for teen drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: In 2010 (the latest statistics available), seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle accident injuries.
I found this list on teen driving distractions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Teen drivers are actually at the greatest risk for distracted driving.
This occurs because teens often drive with other teens in the car, use cell phones while driving and engage in behavior that will cause distracted driving. The distracted driving dangers are compounded because teenagers are inexperienced drivers, and are statistically the group most likely to cause a car accident. Sadly, I’ve seen all 13 factors below as the cause of serious car accidents first-hand, and the most important take-away here is that all 13 are completely preventable. These things do not need to be done when you are driving.
It’s that time of the year again. Teenagers everywhere are restless and excited for upcoming prom, graduation and summer fun. And it’s that time of year when parents everywhere worry and stay up late for their teen drivers to get home safely. And sadly, parent angst and worry is with good reason. Car accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for teens, according to the National Safety Council. Consider these other statistics from the National Safety Council:
Update: This bill passed the state Senate and is now headed to the house.
Car accidents are one of the top killers of teenagers in the United States. Government data shows that every year, more than 4,000 teens lose their lives in car accidents that are caused mostly by distracted driving.
Distracted driving includes everything from having too many passengers, to using a cell phone or texting while driving. Poor driving decisions also figures prominently as a cause for so many teen deaths.
Last week I blogged about an AAA Michigan study that said summer is the deadliest time of the year for teens in car accidents.
AAA determined that between 2005 and 2009, an average of 422 teen auto accident fatalities occurred each month during summer months, but dropped to 363 during non-summer months. On a positive note, the AAA report also reported that the new Michigan teen driving law enacted by the legislature this year will save teen lives and lower the number of teenage driver car accidents.
Summer is a great time to be a teenager, but a recent study by AAA Michigan dampens the summer spirit a bit. Auto accidents, personal injury and death rates all spike, according to this study.
Still, the AAA report is hopeful that the new teen driving law enacted by the Michigan Legislature in March 2011 will save lives and make summer and the rest of the year a safe(r)-driving time for teens.