Many teens in Texas begin driving when they’re legally able to. If you’re the parent of a teen, you’ll want to know some facts and statistics about teen drivers.
Serious car accidents usually happen on the weekend
A study by the Centers for Disease Control showed that more than half of all serious car accidents resulting in death involving teen drivers occur over the weekend. Teens are more likely to get into crashes on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It’s believed that this is due to possible alcohol consumption. The deadliest crashes involving teen drivers occur mostly between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Teens and accidents
On average, one out of five drivers who are 16 years old gets into a car accident within their first year of driving. This doesn’t happen just while the teens are learning to drive but also after they have acquired their driver’s license and have begun to venture out on their own.
Teens and handheld cellphone use
Using a handheld cellphone while driving is illegal in many situations. This includes inexperienced drivers under 18 years of age. However, around 60% of teens admit to having used their cellphone in-hand for phone calls while driving. Additionally, 90% of teens stated that they often saw other teens using a handheld cellphone while driving. However, around 56% of teens stated that they would not report their peers if they committed driving violations or drove recklessly.
Teen drivers are less likely to sense danger
Teen drivers are less likely to sense danger. This explains recklessness behind the wheel as they have more of a sense of invincibility.
Teaching your teen to be a responsible driver can keep them safer. You can encourage them to avoid risky behaviors like phone use while driving and help them obey traffic laws.