Driving is a privilege that many people take for granted. It used to be that not everyone needed a driver’s license. However, in today’s society, with urban sprawl an ever-increasing reality, even young drivers need a license to get to and from school and work. These young drivers, while they are required to attend a driver’s education course and pass applicable practical tests, do not always possess the judgment and real-world experience necessary to safely operate motor vehicles in all conditions.
Indeed, according to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control, young drivers aged 15-25 represent only 14% of the total driving population, but they end up being involved in over 30% of the total accidents. Interestingly, there are several contributing factors that experts cite when explaining the heightened dangers:
- Speeding is involved in about 35% of all teen-driver crashes.
- The presence of at least one male passenger in the car increases the likelihood of an accident.
- Alcohol is involved in 25% of accidents involving teens.
- Teens are less likely to wear their seat-belts, increasing the severity of the injuries suffered in most of the accidents.