Teenagers drive less than most other drivers on the road, but the number of crashes and deaths they experience, are disproportionately high (according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Their youth, and inexperience, mean they often don’t know how to react to common traffic hazards. Injury and death can be preventable though – by making sure your new teenager driver knows the leading causes of crashes, and how to avoid them.
1. Driver Inexperience
Most accidents happen during the first year a teen has their license. What can parents do? Practice driving with your teen on a variety of roads, at different times of the day, and in different types of weather and traffic conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) teens should receive 30-50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least 6 months.
2. Driving With Teen Passengers
Crash risk increases when teens drive with other teens in the car. What can parents do? Follow your state’s teen driving law for passenger restrictions, and if your state doesn’t have any, limit the number of teen passengers your child can drive, to a maximum of one.