Teenagers are bombarded with the message that drinking and driving is dangerous, but are they also aware of other driver distractions that can be just as deadly? Research shows that a teen driver riding with one other passenger faces double the risk of a fatal car crash as a teen driver who drives alone. The risk increases to five times as likely for teen drivers with two or more passengers.
Other driver distractions include:
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of the nation’s 12.5 million young drivers, 12.6 % are involved in fatal crashes.
The National Transportation Safety Board urges states to limit the number of passengers that young drivers can carry, and move toward a graduated license system. That way, teenage drivers can gain their privileges with experience on the road.