THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
We know this isn’t the fun stuff. But it’s really important. In fact, if you forget everything else you see here, remember these ten simple things. And don’t forget to share them with a friend.
Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in America.
More teen drivers are involved in car crashes every year (and more are killed) than any other age group. Car crashes take the lives of six teens a day. - Centers for Disease Control, 2013
Half of teens killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
Of the teens (ages 13 to 20) who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2013, approximately 56% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. - National Safety Council; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Crashes involving driver distraction are on the rise.
In 2013, 424,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, an increase of nearly 10% since 2011. - National Center for Statistics and Analysis
It’s great to have friends, just don’t have them all in your car at the same time.
Research shows that a single teen passenger increases crash risk by 44%. - Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2012
Speeding and tailgating: Um, don’t do it.
It probably won’t surprise you that younger drivers are more likely to take risks like speeding, tailgating, ignoring traffic signals and stuff like that. Whether it’s overconfidence, inexperience or just trying to show off to friends, the risks are deadly.
Drinking and driving – the good and bad news.
The good news is the percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since 1991. The bad news is more can be done. Every day in America 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. - Centers for Disease Control
Crash risk at night is nearly twice as high as during the day.
In fact the fatal crash rate of 16 year olds is nearly twice as high at night. Most of these tragic crashes happen relatively early – between 9 p.m. and midnight. That’s why it is good to slow down and be more cautious at night. - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2012
Put It Down
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Put the phone down while driving. - U.S. Department of Transportation, 2013
Cell phones aren’t the only culprits.
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert attention from the primary task of driving. Besides using electronic gadgets, distractions also include adjusting a radio, eating and drinking, reading, grooming and interacting with passengers. - National Highway Safety Administration
BTW, GR8, LMK…It Can Wait
Researchers found that the risk of a crash or near crash tripled when a driver was reaching for, answering or dialing a cell phone. - Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2013