Teen Driver Safety Week runs from October 14-20, 2012. Take some time this week to discuss good driving habits and traffic safety with your teen and young adult drivers - before it is too late! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a great selection of online facts, safety tips, and videos dedicated to educating both the teen drivers and parents alike.
Here are some quick stats to think about:
- In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. And an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
- In 2012, 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.
- Unfortunately teens are more likely to driver distracted than other drivers. Drivers under the age of 25 are two to three times more likely than older drivers to send text messages or emails while driving.
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent - at 55 mph - of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.
- All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. From texting and talking on a cell phone, to eating and playing with the radio, using a navigation system, CD player, or MP3 device, any of these distractions while driving a car, can be deadly.
*Stat information courtesy of NHTSA.