Teens Involved in More Vehicle Crashes; Driver Education Can Reduce Risk
COLUMBUS, GA. – September 6, 2018 (wrbl.com) Statistically, teen drivers in the United States are involved in more vehicle crashes. But driver education and safety strategies with parents can reduce the risk, according to an online news story from wrbl.com.*
Every year, about 3,000 teenagers in Columbus, Georgia, become eligible to receive driver’s licenses. While this is an exciting time in every new driver’s life, it can also be a dangerous time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In 2015, more than 170 children under the age of 19 died in traffic accidents. Studies show that teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to be involved in fatal wrecks than drivers of any other age group.
Some of the reasons for these high numbers of accidents are distracted driving, driving late at night, speeding, racing, and alcohol and drug use. Harris Blackwood, of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, says teens tend to take greater risks behind the wheel.
“They think they’re invincible,” Blackwood said of teenage drivers. “They think they can multitask, can have that conversation and drink a soft drink and talk on the phone while driving a car. And that invincibility sometimes leads to a high rate of speed and a crash.”
However, many accidents involving teen drivers occur from sheer inexperience. This is where a solid driver education and parent assistance can come in to prevent teen vehicle deaths. Al Barber, a driving instructor in Columbus, says driver education makes a huge difference.
“We know accidents percent-wise are much lower when someone has had driver’s education in our school than not,” Barber said. Barber also says parents can help by keeping tabs on their kids and having regular conversations about safety. Proper training combined with parental guidance can ensure teens safely enjoy their first few years on the road.
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