Young Driver Accidents

Avoid The Dangers Of Distracted Driving.

Drivers, not just young drivers, are faced with distractions while driving. Any non-driving activity you engage in while behind the wheel increases your risk of crashing. With distracted driving injuring around 330,000 people a year, it's important for you and your teen to avoid these common driving distractions:

  • Talking and texting on a cell phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reading maps or other materials
  • Using a navigation system
  • Changing the radio station, CD or MP3 player

Pledge To Never Text And Drive.

Texting is one of the most dangerous driving distractions. Just how bad is it? Check out these stats:

  • Texting takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of a football field completely blind.
  • Texting while driving is the same as driving after having four beers.
  • Texting makes you 23 times more likely to crash.
  • Each day, 11 teens are killed in texting-related accidents.
  • Every year, texting is responsible for an estimated 330,000 driving injuries.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute research, available at www.vtti.vt.edu.


Setting Limits, Saving Lives—The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at www.nhtsa.gov and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk 3Driver, available at dwiwatch.org/chell-phone-text.php

IIHS fatality facts 2008, available at www.iihs.org

National Safety Council Cell Phone fact sheet, available at www.nsc.org



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This section highlights examples of safety precautions you can consider to help educate your teen on safe driving. Please recognize that a particular precaution may not be appropriate or effective in every circumstance. We encourage you to use your own good judgment about what's appropriate.

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