Teen Driver’s Worst Habits and Safety
In part with Teen Driver Safety Week taking place from October 16-22, AAA revealed that the number of teenagers involved in deadly car crashes for the first time in nearly a decade. New data shows a 10% increase from last year in teen driving deaths.
Motor vehicles are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Teen drivers also have highest rates of crashes per driver, and per mile, compared to any other driver age group. AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that in the last five years, teen drivers were involved in 14,000 fatal crashes.
Ultimately, these staggering numbers come at no surprise to teen driving instructors, who identify speeding, distraction, and poor visual scanning as the three top mistakes teens are making.
How Parents Can Help
Unfortunately, some parents are also setting a bad example for their children. AAA wants to remind parents that they can play a very important, and influential role in preventing deadly mistakes behind the wheel.
“Lack of experience combined with dangerous behaviors behind the wheel can have deadly consequences,” said Martha Mitchell Meade. “Parents of teen drivers are urged to lead by example each and every time they drive and to coach teens towards good driving behaviors before, during and after the learning to drive process.”
How to Coach Your Teen
Studies have shown that teens with parents who impose stricter driving limits have reported fewer accidents and traffic violations. You can actively help your teens as they learn to drive by following AAA’s recommendations:
- Have conversations early and regularly about the dangers of speeding and driving with distractions (cell phone/music/passengers)
- Take the time to practice driving with your teen in various conditions
- Adopt and enforce a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for the road
- Lead by example and minimize distractions and speeding when you drive
Learning to drive is a very exciting time for both your teen and you. Manchester Honda hopes that this information will help keep your teen driver safer out on the road.