Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for youth, ages 15-20. By becoming aware of the problem, we can develop solutions, safe habits and awareness around the dangers of the road.
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Teenagers contribute to, and suffer from, the consequences of motor vehicle collisions at a disproportionate rate. Teen driver crashes more often involve:
Drivers age 16-19 who are involved in crashes are more likely than other drivers to be reported as exceeding the speed limit, driving too fast for conditions, failing to yield right-of-way, failing to control, and driving inattentively according to the possible contributing circumstances listed on crash reports.
In states with GDL programs that include at least five of the most important elements, there was a 20% reduction in fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers.
Safety experts agree that well-designed GDL programs include:
Involved parents who set rules and monitor their teens' driving behavior in a supportive way can lower their teens' crash risk by half. We aboutalso found that teens that perceive their parents as acting in this way are:
Parents should provide teens with at least 50 hours of supervised practice under a wide variety of conditions before letting their teen drive on their own.