By Jonah Mills
Ten major facts
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
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 minimumlegal 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%.