Last week was Teen Driver Safety Week, and just in case you missed the memo, we are going to fill you in on some of the shocking statistics that make it necessary to bring teen driving safety to the forefront. In honor of Teen Driver Safety Week, GM called attention to an alarming safety study that the General Motors Foundation funded back in May.
Some of the teen driving statistics that stick out in the Safe Kids Worldwide study are:
- 25 percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 19 do not wear their seatbelts.
- Almost half of all teens that were killed in accidents in 2012 were not wearing their seatbelts.
- 49 percent of teens have at one time felt unsafe when riding with another teen driver, and 31 percent felt unsafe with a parent.
- 39 percent of teens have been in the car with a teen driver who was texting while driving.
“These findings show why it’s so important to talk to kids about traffic safety early and often, before they reach driving age,” explained Jeff Boyer, the GM VP of Global Vehicle Safety. “It also demonstrates why conversations should extend to the parents of kids’ peer groups because both are key to keeping kids safe.”
If you haven’t already, it’s time to have a conversation with your teen. Jump-start the talk by bringing up these staggering statistics, and open the conversation up to be a safe place for your teen to be honest about their driving habits and those of their friends.
Need more resources? Check out The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Five to Drive” rules, and consider making them rules in your household. The rules include no cell phones, no extra passengers, no speeding, always buckle up, and finally, no alcohol.
“Safety is our highest priority, especially when it comes to teens, who are often our least experienced drivers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The ‘5 to Drive’ campaign gives parents and teens a simple, straightforward checklist that can help them talk about good driving skills and most importantly, prevent a tragedy before it happens.”
If you are in search of an affordable, safe car for your teen, stop by Watters Autoland today!