Safe driving is everyone's responsibility. Consider that over half of all motor vehicle accidents could be avoided if drivers make intelligent driving decisions. As new drivers, you are most at risk because you lack the experience (and sometimes the maturity) to make intelligent decisions at critical times. Strive to form good driving habits early, and they'll last a (long) lifetime!
We want to help you think about things that you can do to make your driving as safe as possible.
Consider these sobering statistics on teen driving:
- Automobile accidents are the number one killer of our nation's youth.
- Drivers under the age of 20 were involved in 13% of all accidents, yet they account for only 5% of all drivers.
- 5,000 teenagers die each year from auto accidents.
- Alcohol is responsible for almost half of all teen motor vehicle deaths.
- 25% of all teen accidents involve speeding.
- Half of all teenage traffic fatalities occur between 6:00 p.m. Friday and 3:00 a.m. Sunday.
- In one year, drivers 19 and under were involved in close to 3 million motor vehicle accidents.
- The price of a bad decision can include injury to yourself or others, loss of life, loss of life style or loss of personal freedom.