A recent blog post at My Feet Aren't Ugly (funny name…really good info!), listed some really scary statistics. Following are just a few:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
- 16 year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
- 16-year-olds are three times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers.
- 3,490 drivers age 15-20 died in car crashes in 2006, up slightly from 2005.
- Drivers age 15-20 accounted for 12.9 percent of all the drivers involved in fatal crashes and 16 percent of all the drivers involved in police-reported crashes in 2006.
According to Debra Beck, "Looking at the Stats, we know that this is a serious matter, so lets treat it as one. As a parent we have a lot of things we have to teach our teens, and a lot of them are life saving issues." To read more sobering statistics and some great suggestions about what you can do, check out her entire article at Teaching Your Teen to Drive
FYI– To illustrate this post, I picked a photo of smiling healthy teens so we'd all have a picture of what we want…safe kids. The other image is too hard to look at!!! So to keep 'em safe, we need to make sure they are good drivers, with sound safety skills and a firm grasp on the notion of defensive driving.