In the United States, the leading cause of death for teens is motor vehicle crashes. The positives regarding this statistic are that this is a preventable action and with time and dedication, any teen can learn to think and drive responsibly.
In 2011, more than 2,000 teens (ages 16-19) in the United States were killed while driving a motor vehicle. Almost 300,00 teens were treated for injuries caused by driving or being in the passenger seat. This means that approximately seven teens between the ages of 16-19 were killed each day from a driving accident.
The risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents is higher for 16-19 year olds than it is for any other age bracket. Among the teen drivers, the male is the one who is most at risk for a motor vehicle accident. A teen driver with teenage passengers are also highly at risk for car accidents. The presence of a teen passenger increases the crash risk because of a lack of supervision. Finally, newly licensed teens are also highly at risk of being in an accident.
There are many methods available to make sure that your teen is prepared to face the road.
One important part of driving is to wear a seatbelt. Many teens today feel it is not necessary and don’t see the grave danger of not wearing one.
Another way to decrease your risk of accidents is to not drink and drive. Enforcing the law of legal drinking ages is extremely important, especially for teens.
Always remember: Drive safe and make good choices.