How To Improve Safety For Teen Drivers
Every year, a new crop of beginner drivers, usually teen drivers, hit the streets. Teens are at the biggest risk of any age group to get into a motor vehicle accident. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And there are about 3,000 teens that lose their lives every year in car crashes. These alarming statistics may be a concern for many parents.
The main cause of these car accidents is due to driver inexperience. And according to the CDC, the No. 1 threat to teens behind the wheel is when another teen is in the same vehicle.
The CDC’s answer to this issue is through their awareness campaign, Parents Are the Key. The campaign educates adults on the risks of teen driving by identifying eight “danger zones” that more likely tend to lead to car accidents. They include:
1) driver inexperience
2) driving with other teens
3) driving at night
4) not wearing a seatbelt
5) distracted driving
6) drowsy driving
7) reckless driving
8) driving while impaired.
The CDC warns parents to make sure their teen child is aware of the leading causes of teen crashes and should use a parent-teen driving agreement to put rules in place that will help your teen stay safe. A lot of the nation’s top automobile insurance companies provide these agreements on their website.
There are also other innovative ways that can help keep your child safe. Ford Motor Company and General Motors have a way to put parents in the driver’s seat virtually. Through Ford’s “MyKey,” you can program a second key with audible reminders and automatic restrictions. For example, if your teen doesn’t buckle up, the Belt-Minder features chimes for six seconds, every 30 seconds, until he or she does. MyKey can also limit traveling speeds to 80 miles per hour or less and sound-system volume to 44 percent. GM’s “OnStar Family Link” enables parents to track vehicle locations and opt to receive alerts via email or text message. The cost for this is $3.99 per month.
Many insurance companies have a separate website dedicated to teen driving that is filled with stories, tips, videos and information about state driving laws. For example, GEICO has Geicoteendriving.com.
Remember, whether or not you decide to take the safety options above, the simplest way to help make sure your child is driving safely is to simply talk to your teen and establish clear rules for driving without adult supervision. It’s a good idea for parents to increase driving privileges gradually. You can discuss with your teen how they can demonstrate experience and maturity to earn new privileges. Make sure they are aware of the consequences of not following the rules.
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