A study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety between 2001 and 2008 was conducted in our home, the State of North Carolina. The study indicated that teen drivers are 50 percent more likely to crash in the first month of driving than after a full year of experience, and nearly twice as likely to crash in their first month as they are after two years of driving experience.
According to the study, three common mistakes caused 57 percent of all teen driver crashes. Those 3 mistakes are:
- Failure to reduce speed
- Failure to yield
Car wrecks involving left turns were common in the first month as well, but declined almost immediately thereafter. This shows that it’s not the lack of understanding but lack of skill that often resulted in car crashes.
Other studied behaviors involved teens driving with and without parents. When parents accompanied teen drivers they were usually on familiar roads that weren’t lengthy. Without parents, teen drivers were usually accompanied by other teens and drove unfamiliar roads for longer periods of time. These factors have more potential to contribute to an accident.
The AAA Foundation suggests some safe-driving strategies for parents:
- Practice and more practice, especially on a variety of different roads in a variety of weather conditions.
- Limit the number of passengers. More passengers mean more distractions.
- Avoiding night driving because of reduced visibility.
It’s important for our young drivers to practice and for parents to set limits on their teens’ night driving and their number of passengers. Hopefully this information will help you make informed decisions about potential distractions and ways to keep your children and other children safe on the road.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident that involved a teenage driver, contact the Asheville personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A. Persons injured in an auto accident have the right to be compensated for their injuries and damages. Our experience and expertise can help you get the maximum compensation that the law allows.
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