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Distractions Put Teen Drivers at Higher Risk For Accidents
Distractions Put Teen Driversat Higher Risk for Accidents
One of the most important milestones in a teenager’s life isgetting that set of keys to their first car and the freedom that comes along with it.
The last thing on a teen driver’s mindis the associated risks of driving andthe eye-opening statistics that show that teen driving is risky.
The summer months prove to be themost dangerous for young drivers asthey have more free time to spend on the road.
Whether it’s due to their novice skillsor easily distracted nature, the risk of involvement in a collision is fourtimes more likely for drivers between the ages of 16 and 19.
Additionally, their chances of a fatalcollision are highest within the firstsix months of obtaining their driver’s license.
Car crashes are the leading cause of deaths for teenagers in the U.S.according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These risks increase even more whenthere are teen passengers in the car. Liketexting and driving, having other young people in the vehicle serve as an easy distraction that deter teen drivers from focusing on the road.
One tool that is decreasing theserisks for teens is Graduated Driver Licensing programs (GDL).
This tiered driving program allowsnew drivers to ease into full drivingprivileges as they gain experience and driving hours.
In Arizona, teens must be at least 15 years and 6 months old to obtaintheir graduated instruction permit.
At age 16 they may apply for their graduated driver’s license after completion of various criteria.
This program enables teen drivers to learn how to navigate the roads safely under lower risk situations.
AAA offers interactive tools toprepare both parents and teens for driving, including a guide to teen driver safety. Some of these tips include:
• Always wearing a seatbelt• Not riding with other teens in the vehiclewithout parental consent• Being a safe passenger
• Restrict night time driving• Always remain alert of potentiallyhazardous situations• Never drive aggressively- aggressive drivingincreases chances of a collision drastically
There are many resources available for both parents and teen drivers toeducate themselves about safe driving.Remember to practice healthy driving habits in front of your teen.
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