Posted on April 19, 2016 at 9:06 PM
We certainly hope that your teen will enjoy their training experience with us, and that they will go on to safe driving in the future. However, having been in this business for years now, I am still worried about the actualities of teen Driver’s, and I would like to take a few moments of your time to make you aware of some facts you may not be aware of.
- A teenager has an approximate 56% chance of having either an accident or incident (collision or ticketable offence) within one year of receiving their license to drive. According to National Highway Safety Administration:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers.
- In 1997, 5,477 young people (passengers and drivers age 15-20) died in motor vehicle crashes. Twenty-one percent of the young drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.
- Young people age 15-20 make up 6.7 percent of the total driving population in this country but are involved in 14 percent of all fatal crashes.
- In 1997, over 60 percent of youth (16-20) who died in passenger vehicle Crashes were not wearing seat belts.
- In 1997, almost one quarter (22 percent) of those who died in speed-related crashes were youth (15-20).
- In the last decade, over 68,000 teens have died in car crashes.
- Sixty-five percent of teen passenger deaths occur when another teenager is driving.
- Nearly half of the fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers were single vehicle crashes.
- Forty-one percent of fatal crashes involving teenagers occur at nighttime (between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.).
- One quarter of fatally injured teen drivers (16-20 years old) in 1995 had a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) at or above .10 percent, even though all were under the minimum legal drinking age and are not legally permitted to purchase alcohol.
- 2 out of 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes are males.
These statistics scare me, and they tend to show that, while we can teach our teens HOW to drive safely, we can’t MAKE them drive safely. However, these same statistical studies show that if a new driver can drive safely for at least one year, irrespective of age, they tend to have developed safer driving habits than their peers. So the question is, how can we help get them through that first year, safely?
Mani Sondhi, (Owner)
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