Whether you are the parent of a teen who is starting to drive or you recently obtained your driver’s license, there are various factors you need to take into consideration when it comes to road safety. Sadly, many inexperienced drivers find themselves in traffic crashes and there are many different risk factors that people in this position face.
Even if you are a very experienced driver, you could find yourself in a crash caused by a newly-licensed driver, and many teens are hurt while riding with one of their friends.
Reviewing statistics on newly-licensed drivers and crashes
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16-year-old drivers are roughly 1.5 times more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle collision as opposed to drivers who are 18 and 19. Moreover, the likelihood of an accident is especially high in the months after a driver obtains his or her license. Moreover, young male drivers are especially likely to lose their lives in traffic wrecks. Data shows that among drivers between 16 and 19, male drivers were almost twice as likely to die in crashes in comparison to female drivers.
Reviewing strategies to avoid an accident
If you recently secured your driver’s license or your child is starting to drive, it is important to review measures to prevent a crash and focus on safety. The CDC reports that teens are especially likely to become involved in a crash when they drive without parental supervision and with other teens in the vehicle. Driving during the weekend and at night is often especially hazardous and newly-licensed drivers need to avoid distractions such as phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel.