The next National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) takes place on October 19-25, 2014. This year’s theme was ‘It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving,’ and thousands of teens across the country used the NTDSW platform to reinforce this safety theme at their schools, in their communities and with their families.
National Teen Driver Safety Week is a time designated by Congress each year to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior.
Below is a list of the top ten things that we need to know about teen drivers, according to the National Safety Council.
- Care crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
- Most dangerous time of a teen driver’s life is the first 12 months after receiving a license.
- A teen driver’s crash risk is three times that of drivers ages 20 and older.
- Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not because they take more risks behind the wheel.
- Teen passengers are one of the biggest distractions for teen drivers. Just one teen passenger raises a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44 percent. Two passengers doubles fatal crash risk. Three or more quadruples crash risk.
- Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9PM and midnight
- More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained by a seatbelt.
- Most states’ teen driving laws and restrictions do not adequately protect teen drivers from the most serious crash risks.
- Teens really do learn to drive from watching their parents. A survey from the Allstate Foundation found 80 percent of teens cite their parents as having the most influence over teen’s driving habits.
- Crash risk remains high after licensure. In fact, young drivers’ crash risk does not significantly begin decreasing until age 25.