We can provide you with all of the best driving methods, defensive driving skills, and techniques for driver safety for teens. Unfortunately these best practices are completely negated when we are distracted by our phones, take unnecessary risks by excessively speeding, or consume alcohol.
Please no texting, no speeding, and do not consume alcohol before driving, you can reduce fatal accidents by teens by over 70%. Up to 35% of teens admit to texting while driving, and they are up to 22 times more likely to crash when texting. We can’t stand for this behavior, and we are asking you to take a stand. Post your shoutouts to #safer925
One in three teens who text say they have done so while driving. Research has found that dialing a phone number while driving increases your teen’s risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times. Talking or texting on the phone takes your teen’s focus off the task of driving, and significantly reduces their ability to react to a roadway hazard, incident, or inclement weather.
Speeding is a critical safety issue for teen drivers. In 2019, it was a factor in 27% of the fatal crashes that involved passenger vehicle teen drivers (15-18 years old.) There is also evidence from naturalistic driving studies that teens’ speeding behavior increases over time, possibly as they gain confidence.
Even though the minimum legal drinking age in every state is 21, data shows 16% of 15- to 18-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2019 had been drinking. Drugs other than alcohol – illicit as well as prescribed and over-the-counter – can affect teen driving.
If lucky enough to survive a crash as an impaired driver, teens will face the consequences of breaking the law. Those include a possible trip to jail, the loss of his or her driver’s license, and dozens of other expenses including attorney fees, court costs, other fines, and insurance hikes. Teens will also stand to lose academic eligibility, college acceptance, and scholarship awards.