Teens and Car Crashes
For your teenager to receive his or her driver’s license is a milestone and rite of passage. Naturally, you do not want to spoil it with a car accident.
Car accidents are a leading cause in teen death, according to the CDC. Understanding the risk of teenagers behind the wheel can help improve driver safety.
Who is at most risk?
Teens are most at risk of being in a car accident than any other age group. Those who are under 20 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash, compared to those older than 20. Those teens who are most at risk include:
- Newly licensed teenagers
- Teens with passengers
- Male teenagers
With these demographics, there are usually other factors that contribute to the risk.
What factors create risk?
Inexperience is one of the biggest reasons teens are more at risk than other drivers. On the road, you must be able to recognize danger and make critical decisions. Your teen may not have the experience necessary to make a quick and effective decision behind the wheel.
In general, tends tend to be more reckless than adults. Teens are more likely to drive faster, leave little distance between themselves and other drivers and even less likely to wear a seatbelt. In judging teen fatalities, about half of those who died in car accidents did not wear seatbelts. Teen drivers may also indulge in alcohol and still drive.
The last factor involves night driving. Around 40% of all teen fatalities due to accidents happened after 9 pm. Then, over half occurred on the weekend.