National Teen Driver Safety Week!

A scary fact this Halloween season: The number one cause of death for teens in the United States is car crashes. In fact, per mile driven, drivers ages 16 to 19 have crash rates approximately four times greater than those of drivers ages 20 and older. Fatal crash risk is highest for those ages 16 and 17.

  • 15,510 teen drivers ages 16-19 were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes from 2015-2019. More than one-third of those crashes involved speeding.
  • Over 60% of pediatric spinal fractures occur in children ages 15-17, coinciding with the beginning of legal driving.
  • Making left turns, rear-end events, and running off the road are the most common reasons why newly licensed teen drivers crash.
  • Because their scanning skills are underdeveloped, new drivers often detect a hazard later than experienced drivers, increasing crash risk.

Here’s the good news: Crashes are preventable! October 17-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a chance for parents and organizations like the NDSC to raise awareness and prevent teen injuries and deaths on the road.

At the North Dakota Safety Council, preventing injury and death is our daily work. Our Alive at 25 defensive highly interactive driving course is designed specifically for drivers under the age of 25. Alive at 25 is different than traditional driver’s ed because it focuses on behavior, judgment, decision making and consequences, and provides tools for making positive choices.

The NDSC offers Alive at 25 for youth statewide. In many communities this life saving (and changing) course is taught through the schools at free or reduced rates.

And remember! Parents play a huge role in keeping teens safe, by staying involved and modeling safe driving behaviors.

Contact us today to learn how to help your teen gain skills that may save their life (and save you money on your insurance, too).

For more information contact Terry Weaver, Driver Safety Manager (701) 751-6106

Resource: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, Teen Driving Risks | Teen Driver Source