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Teenage Drivers More Likely to Make Critical Errors Resulting in Serious Accidents

November 13, 2019

UNITED STATES – Teenage drivers are much more likely than adults to engage in behaviors that lead to serious car crashes, according to an online article at*

For several teens, getting their driver’s license is exciting, however, it is often stressful for parents.  For some teens, it is difficult to appreciate the risks associated with driving.  Per the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teenagers are more likely than adults to make critical mistakes that cause serious vehicular accidents. For instance, they are more likely to speed and less likely to keep a safe distance from other automobiles.

Motor vehicle accidents are costly on many levels.  The CDC reports that young individuals aged 15 to 19 comprise slightly more than six percent of the U.S. population however, back in 2016, they were responsible for 8.4% of the total motor vehicle injury costs (approximately $13.6 billion).  Moreover, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that sixteen to twenty-year-olds represent 8.3% of all traffic deaths in the U.S.

Every parent wants to do their part to keep their children safe when behind the wheel.  In order to raise awareness of risky driving behaviors, researchers with examined the latest data from the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) Fatality Analysis Reporting System.  This is what they found:

While the statistics surrounding teen drivers are alarming, there is some positive news.  For example, more and more teens are pursuing safety measures when they are behind the wheel. In 1991, 25.9% of teens indicated that they did not always wear a seat belt while in 2017, only 5.9% said they rarely use seat belts.

Drinking and driving has also improved. Between 2013 and 2017, the percentage of teenagers who said that they drink and drive fell from 10% to 5.5%.

Despite the improvements associated with impaired driving and the use of seat belts, data indicates that 40% of teenagers engage in distracted driving by texting and driving.  In the course of reading a text message, drivers will take their eyes off of the road for five seconds.  This equates to driving the distance of a football field at 55 miles per hour, according to the NHTSA.  In 2017, 3,166 lives were tragically lost because of distracted driving.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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