Teen Driving Behaviours Vary by U.S. State
Getting a driver’s license is considered to be a rite of passage for teens today. But for many teens, this rite of passage is also a death sentence. Motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death amongst teens between the ages of 16-19 with this group having the highest risk of vehicle crashes.
In the United States, WalletHub analyzed teen-driving across 50 states. The data included 16 metric points and ranged from the number of teen driver fatalities to the average cost of car repairs in collisions involving teen drivers. The survey also revealed that although teen drivers in the age bracket of 15-24 make ou 14 percent of the population, they are responsible for approximately one-third of the costs from motor vehicle injuries. The full details of the study reflecting teen driving behaviour can be found at http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-teen-drivers/4598/ with some of the highlights noted below;
1. Connecticut saw the fewest teen driver fatalities based on teen population while South Carolina had the highest teen driver fatalities.
2. Alabama saw the lowest number of teen DUI’s while Colorado saw the highest number of teen DUi’s based on its teen population.
3. The GDL program (graduated license program) was the best in Connecticut, while Alabama’s GDL program was the poorest.
Parents Are Role Models for Teen Driving Behaviours
Unfortunately when it comes to teen collisions, parents shoulder the financial and emotional ramifications. The report looked to experts to provide insight on when it came to,
1. Tips for parents of teen drivers
2. What is the biggest risk that teen drivers face?
Many of the experts involved in the study suggested that parents act as a role model when it comes to teen drivers. Given this revelation, parents need to ensure that their driving behaviours reflect good driving habits. Otherwise, drivers will continue to inherit the bad driving behaviour.
In terms of the biggest risk that teen drivers face, the experts unanimously agreed that driver experience was the biggest risk factor. Specifically, teen driver risk perception is less developed than that of an experienced driver.
In summary, although the findings are based on American statistics, the core elements can be applied to any teen drivers as noted by Young Drivers of Canada. Inexperience, overconfidence and poor risk perception are all key factors when it comes to teen collisions!