In 2005, 5,288 teenagers died in the United States from crash injuries. Such injuries are by far the leading public health problem among people 13-19 years old. In 2004, the latest year for which data are available, 38 percent of all deaths among 16-19 year-olds from all causes were related to motor vehicles. The crash risk among teenage drivers is particularly high during the first months of licensure.
Many parents spend thousands of hours and dollars getting their children to and from sports practices and games including soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, music lessons, dance lesson, etc., but have no problem turning a newly licensed 16-year old loose with a 1 to 2 ton vehicle after a few hours of questionable classroom and behind the wheel instruction. Parents – hello, wake up!
If you want to reduce the odds that you will receive a call from a hospital or police officer about your newly licensed teen driver being in an auto crash, make sure they get additional training and experience with different road conditions, different weather, and the most dangerous and confusing intersections and interchanges they will use.
Think about enrolling them in Skid Control training with I Drive Smart.
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We recently had a new driver take this course and we saw immediate improvements in driving skills after the course. The best $300 and 1-day we have invested in a long time. Highly recommended.
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- “Deadly teen auto crashes show a pattern,” by Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY, March 1, 2005
- “Is 16 too young to drive a car?” by Robert Davis, USA TODAY, March 1, 2005
- Q&As: Teenagers — graduated driver licensing – from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
- Teenager Driving Contract
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