- Seat belts have been proven to save lives. In fatal crashes of 16-20 year olds, 60% were unbuckled at the time of the crash.
Hang up the phone.
- 11% of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted.
- 37% of male drivers between the ages of 15-20 were speeding right before their fatal crash.
Don’t drink and drive.
- While young drivers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking, when they do, their crash risk is significantly higher due to the alcohol effects combined with their lack of driving experience.
- Before you head out, especially on a long trip, pack an emergency kit in your trunk.
Limit night driving.
- 17% of teenagers’ fatalities occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight and 24% occurred between midnight and 6 a.m.
Watch the weather.
- In inclement weather, it is even more dangerous for a young driver to be on the road. Teach your child how to confidently handle weather challenges.
- The more passengers in a vehicle the higher the fatal crash risk. With three or more, the fatal crash risk is about 4x higher than when a beginner drives alone.
Drive the right car.
- Many parents buy an inexpensive, old car for their teen or pass on a hand-me-down. Likely, those do not have the latest safety features – electronic stability control and side-curtain air bags.
- Set up a parent/teen contract and outline your rules and penalties if they are broken. Take the keys away if necessary.