Last month, the Insurance Information Institute (III) released a report that highlights recent state developments and the latest statistics on teen driving. It stated that immaturity and the lack of driving experience are the two main factors associated with teens' high crash rate, as it "affects their recognition of and response to hazardous situations."
We've compiled some of the report's noteworthy facts, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for teens to reflect on and recall the next time they're in a vehicle, which is just as important whether you're the driver or a passenger.
- Speeding—Among drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are the most likely to be speeding. In recent years, 37 percent of male drivers age 15 to 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time.
- Distracted Driving—In 2009, 11 percent of the people who died in distracted driving crashes were teens 15 to 19 years old. Out of all the teens who died in crashes in 2009, 18 percent died in crashes that involved distracted driving. Fifteen percent of teen drivers who were involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash.
- Drunk Driving—Underage drinking remains a factor in teenage highway fatalities. In 2010, 56 percent of the young drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking were unrestrained. Of the young drivers who had been drinking and were killed in crashes, 71 percent were unrestrained. In comparison, 47 percent of the non-drinking young drivers killed were unrestrained.
- Seat Belt Use—In 2010, 54 percent, or 1,532, of the 2,814 occupants of passenger vehicles age 16 to 20 who were killed in crashes were not buckled up. Teen seat belt use rates are especially low at night—nearly 65 percent of the 16 to 20-year olds killed in nighttime crashes were not wearing seat belts.
Check out the Insurance Information Institute's chart on Young Driver Laws to get an updated look at what vehicle laws your state enforces, or may begin enforcing this year.
Free Courses at Ford Driving Skills for Life 2012 Summer Tour
To help educate teens on these dangers, Westfield Insurance partners with Ford Motor Company Fund and the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Office of Criminal Justice Services to offer free Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) safe-driving clinics to eligible Ohio teen drivers.
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