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KBSI Perspective
My 16 year old grandson had his first accident a few weeks ago.  He has had his driver’s license just a few months.  Thankfully, it was just a fender bender, actually caused by another driver.  A friend of mine had the same type of accident with his 16 year old daughter, but she was at fault.  It made me do some checking on teens and motor vehicle crashes. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16-19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 or more to be in a fatal crash.  Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population but they account for 30% of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.  If you are a parent get these statistics.  The motor death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 16-19 is almost two times that of their female counterparts.  The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers.  The crash risk is significantly higher during the first months of obtaining a license.  Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations.  I remember riding with my son many years ago when he was about 18.  A car driving extremely fast came to up a stop sign while we were driving past the street.  I told my son that he should have been careful as the car might have crashed the stop sign.  He told me the accident would not have been his fault.  My answer was it would make no difference if we were dead.  At that moment, I knew he was unaware of proper defensive driving and, believe me, every time he took the family car out I was worried.  Now it is his son that is causing him to worry.  Parents have a huge responsibility to keep their teen drivers in line.  The tougher we are with them the better their chances behind the wheel.Teenage Auto Accident Rates


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