safety on the roads
by; caeli marsh
- Driver error
Compared with crashes of older drivers, those of teenagers more often involve driver error.
Excessive speed is a factor in higher crash rates among 17-18 year-old drivers.
- Single-vehicle crashes
More fatal crashes of teenage drivers involve only the teen's vehicle. Typically, these involve high speed and/or driver error.
Fatal crashes among teens are more likely to occur when other teenagers are in the car. The risk increases with every additional passenger.
Although this is a problem among drivers of all ages, it's acute for younger drivers who have less experience with driving to begin with, and also drinking.
- Night driving
This is a high-risk activity for beginners. Per kilometre driven, the crash rate for teenagers driving at night with passengers is 4 to 5 times more likely than teenagers who drive alone during the day.
- Low seat belt use
Teenagers generally are less likely to use safety belts than adults.
- these are all common factors and risks on the roads of teenagers driving unsafely
- 2,823 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2012