A LOOK AT THE TYPICALTEEN-DRIVER CRASH

| March 14, 2019

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Did you know that teen crashes tend to be different than crashes for most other drivers? They're more frequent, too. Teens have the highest crash risk of any age group per mile traveled. The list below shows risk factors observed in fatal crashes among 16-year-olds. And there's no denying it – it's scary. But there's good news, too. Many involve controllable choices that can tip the odds in your teen's favor. Here are some areas to watch: DRIVER ERROR.  Compared with older drivers' fatal crashes, those of 16-year-olds more often involve driver error, often on two-lane curving roads, with narrow shoulders. DISTRACTIONS IN THE CAR. With smartphones, texting, loud music, eating food, applying makeup or just taking eyes off the road, it's no wonder why distracted driving is a growing cause of teen crashes. SPEEDING. Sixteen-year-old drivers have high crash rates in which excessive speed is a factor.

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