Let’s face it, teens suck at driving and cause more car accidents than adults. Annually, 1/5 accidents are caused by teens between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. Within the first six months of getting their driver’s licenses, teens have the highest chance of having a fatal car crash. But, why do you think this is?
Cell phones are the number one agent that puts teens at risk for being distracted. Did you know that 75% of teens own a cell phone and more than half of those teens say they have talked on their phones while driving? But, not only talking on the phone is distracting; texting is also a main cause of distraction. As dangerous as texting and driving is, a whopping 48% of teens say they have been in a car while the driver was texting. It was even quoted that a high-school aged boy said he thinks texting while driving is “fine,” adding “I wear sunglasses so the cops don’t see my eyes looking down.”
Using your cellphone isn’t the only distraction that can cause a car crash. Other distractions include grooming, using your radio and drug use. The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers as well. Drugs are another big distraction, about 19% of teen drivers have reported driving under the influences of marijuana.
Distractions also lead to other issues, like speeding and tickets. With 55% of teens saying they exceed the speed limit by more than 10 mph, it’s no wonder 25% of teen accidents involve speeding.
The list of reasons why teens aren’t good drivers goes on and on. Some other reasons include; lack of awareness about the consequences or risk-taking behavior, driver errors or inexperience of driving conditions, driving as social activity and not taking it seriously, and even impaired and drowsy driving during the night time hours.
Don’t let your child be another statistic, educate them on the safety issues of driving and leaving their cell phone out of the equation.