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If you are the parent of a new driver, it can be very worrisome and restless when you know they are on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2016, six teenagers die every day in a motor vehicle crash and hundreds more are injured. It is the leading cause of death among this age group.
But, it does not have to be this way. Knowing these danger zones and what you can do as a parent can help your teen driver with a mindset for safety each time they get behind the wheel.
Danger Zone #1
Crash risk is highest in the first year a teen has their license.
Danger Zone #2
DRIVING WITH TEEN PASSENGERS
Crash risk goes up when teens drive with other teens in the car.
Danger Zone #3
For all ages, fatal crashes are more likely to occur at night; but the risk is higher for teens.
Danger Zone #4
NOT USING SEAT BELTS
The simplest way to prevent car crash deaths is to buckle up.
Danger Zone #5
Distractions increase your teen’s risk of being in a crash.
Danger Zone #6
Young drivers are at high risk for drowsy driving, which causes thousands of crashes every year. Teens are most tired and at risk when driving in the early morning or late at night.
Danger Zone #7
Research shows that teens lack the experience, judgment, and maturity to assess risky situations.
Danger Zone #8
Even one drink will impair your teen’s driving ability and increase their risk of a crash.