Teens crash for many reasons, but 9 common mistakes
can result in deadly consequences.
Teens tend to overrate their driving skills, believing they can handle risky situations. Driver error is a factor in 2/3 of fatal teen crashes.
2. Failing to buckle up
Seat belt use among teens is the lowest of any age group. Six out of 10 drivers in the U.S., aged 16-20, killed in crashes were not wearing seatbelts.
3. Talking/texting on a cell phone
Teens state cell phone usage is their #1 distraction while driving. Using a cell phone when driving is AS dangerous as driving intoxicated.
Crash risks increase with each mile per hour driven over the speed limit. One-third of U.S. teen fatalities involve speeding.
5. Impaired driving
Almost half of all traffic fatalities involving 16 to 24 year olds are alcohol-related. Driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving intoxicated.
6. Passenger distractions
By carrying just one passenger the risk for a crash increases by 50 percent. With three or more passengers, the risk is nearly four times greater.
7. Driving at night
Teens are twice as likely to crash at night (9pm-6am) than during the day.
8. Failure to anticipate potential dangers
Crash rates for newly licensed drivers are highest during the first six months due to lack of experience.
9. Ignoring car maintenance
Teens are more likely to drive old vehicles and may be unaware of the importance of routine maintenance and making necessary repairs.