Avoiding Teen Auto Accidents
Every year, millions of families suffer the loss of a child or teen in an auto collision. In fact, auto accidents are the leading cause of death among teens ages 15-20.
A recent in-depth study of 38 families in North Carolina revealed more about the risk factors of teen driving. Amongst the participating families, teen drivers were 50% more likely to crash in the first month of having their licenses. When teens were partially responsible for an accident, the majority of the crashes involved three common mistakes: inattention, failure to yield, and failure to reduce speed.
Why are teen the most likely group of drivers to be in an auto crash? Several common causes include inexperience, distracted driving, drowsy and nighttime driving, lack of seat-belt use, and substance abuse combined with driving.
The danger of teen auto accidents is real. Talk to your teen about practicing safe-driving behaviors so that they can avoid becoming a statistic.
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