Automobile Safety

By Jonah Mills

Ten major facts

1. Automobile crashers are the leading cause for teen deaths in the U.S.

2. Male teen drivers and passengers die more from crashes than teenage females.

3. The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of teen drivers.

4. Teens are more likely to take risks on the road like putting themselves in dangerous situations than older drivers.

5. Among male teen drivers who died in crashes in 2012 37% were speeding and 25% were drunk.

6. Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use compared to other age groups.

7. In 2012, 49% of teen deaths from crashes were between 3 p.m. and midnight and 53% occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

8. Texting and driving puts at a high risk of getting in a crash.

9. Talking on the phone while driving can distract you from the road.

10. 56% of teens say they talk on the phone while driving.

ways prevent teen automobile crashes

Seat Belts

Teens (ages 13-19) who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2012 55% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash injuries and deaths by about half.

Not Drinking & Driving

Listed above it says that 25% of teens that died in 2012 were drunk so enforcing minimum

legal drinking age laws and zero blood-alcohol tolerance laws for drivers under age 21 is a good idea.


Graduated Licensing Systems (GDL)

Driving is a complex skill, Teenagers' lack of driving experience, and risk-taking behavior, puts them at higher risks for crashes. Graduated driver licensing systems supervise new drivers and help sharpen young drivers skills by putting restrictions on new drivers and gradually lifting them as the driver gains more experience. Research shows that the top graduated drivers licensing programs reduce fatal and injury crashes by teen drivers by 38% and 40%.
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Teen passengers distract drivers

A teenage driver's risk of dying in an accident increases dramatically when there are other teens in the car, and goes down when there's an adult looking on, according to a study by AAA's safety foundation. In the mid 1990s a law was passed that restricted teens from riding with other teen passengers and nighttime driving. In some states the law varies and one teen passenger is allowed in the car. Also studies show that when driving with an adult passenger your chances of death go down.

Summary

Lets review what we have learned. We shouldn't take risks on the road, drive drunk, drive at night. have a lot of passengers, and we should always wear a seatbelt. Now we can be safe teen drivers when we get our licenses in a few years and not kill people or ourselves on the road.