• February 2, 2011

Teen Driver Safety Report

We all love our cars and especially teens that have a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in them to drive cars and vehicles across the town. However, there have been a lot of cases where teen drivers have crashed their cars into someone and there are more fatalities than any other reason. Hence, teen driver safety is very important to ensure that the number of accidents can be brought down in the future.  In one of the national research report form Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm Insurance Companies it was revealed that teen crashes go beyond just normal accidents because there are many other people involved with them in the event.

As per the report more than 40,000 people have lost their lives in teen driver crash incidents and that accounts for nearly 30% of the accident cases. On the other hand there are about 30% of the people who dies in these crashes but they were not present in the car at the moment when the accident happened. In the year 2008, more than half a million people lost their lives during teen driver crash incidents and that is a huge number to curb down. Dennis Durbin, Co-Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP and co-author of the report said that all the people whether or not they have teen driver at home should take care of this issue and prevention is the only way to bring down the fatalities in the future.

As per the research report it was found that there are four key behavior patterns that need to be taken care of. The main four reasons that can lead to teen driver crashes are failure to use seat belts, speeding, use of alcohol and distracted driving. Hence, teens should be informed and educated about it that they should always wear their seat belts, never speed their cars and that they should not drive if they are drunk and should concentrate on the road while driving. In more than half the teen driver crash cases teen drivers were speeding. In 40% of the cases the drivers were drunk and had positive blood alcohol level.  In more than 50% of the cases the drivers never used a seat belt and 16% of the cases happened because of distracted driving. The report also shows that more teens have died from car crash than from cancer and suicide combined.

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