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What Causes Teen Car Crashes?

The traffic accident rates for 16-to-19-year-old drivers exceeds any other age group. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.  Driving is a privilege, not a right. It’s important that teens own the newfound responsibilities that come with driving. There are specific causes that make teenagers such risky drivers, and understanding these causes is the key to helping your teen to stay safe on the roads and prevent themselves from becoming part of the above statistic. Poor Hazard Detection The ability to detect hazards in the driving environment is based on perceptual information-gathering skills and identification of potential threats. It takes time for young individuals to acquire this ability, which is why teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter distances from the front of their vehicle to the front of the next. Low Risk Perception Risk perception is the ability to subjectively assess the degree of threat posed by a hazard and one’s ability to handle the situation. Young drivers tend to underestimate the crash risk in hazardous situations and overestimate their ability to avoid the threats they identify. Risk Taking Teenagers tend to take more risks while driving partly due to overconfidence in their driving abilities. Teenagers are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, running red lights, violating traffic signs/signals, making illegal turns, passing dangerously, and failure to yield to pedestrians. Teenagers also tend to wear safety belts less often than older drivers. Lack of Skill New drivers have yet to fully master basic vehicle handling skills and safe-driving knowledge they need to drive safely. Vehicles are intricate machines and it takes time to properly maneuver any potentially dangerous machinery. Alcohol and Drugs Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a common cause of serious crashes, especially fatal ones, involving teenage drivers. Teenagers who drink and drive are at much greater risk of serious crashes than older drivers with equal blood alcohol concentrations. Passengers For teenagers, the risk of being in a crash dramatically increases when they transport passengers and the risk of a fatal crash increases as the number of passengers increases. Passengers who are same age peers may distract teen drivers and promote risky behavior….
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Do You Have a Teen Driver? Here’s How You And Your Family Can Prepare

Obtaining a driver’s license and getting behind the wheel of the family car or their own is exciting for your teenager, while you may have many concerns and anxiety about road safety and auto insurance. Speak to an agent to help guide you through this life milestone, so you understand how to insure young drivers on their auto policies. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Certain steps must be agreed upon and fulfilled to gain and maintain that privilege. It is so important that new drivers grasp that concept and understand just how much maturity is needed to stay safe out there on the roads. Teens must realize and accept the newfound responsibilities that come with driving, and there are things that you can do to make this transition a smooth one. Stress the Importance of Practice Driving is not a skill that can be mastered quickly. Take an active role in teaching your child how to drive and give them as much behind-the-wheel time as possible.  Your teen’s driving school should provide experience with various types of road and traffic conditions and you should reinforce what they’ve learned outside of class as well. Having your teen practice in a car that is in good condition and good working order is important.  Make sure they know how to operate mirrors, knobs, seats, safety systems and other key features. Remember that everything should be adjusted before they put the vehicle in gear. Ban Electronic Devices Emphasize that your teen must never use their phone or any other type of electronic communication device while driving. Calls and text messages can wait until they’ve arrived to their destinations. Do you want their cell phone turned off while their driving?  Can they use Spotify in the car? Be sure to be very clear what rules they are expected to abide by. Reminder: do not call or text your child when you know they are driving. If you set a good example for them, they are more likely to follow along. Teach Responsibility and Maturity   Most teens are focused on the driver’s license itself and have no idea about what else goes into maintaining a vehicle. They should have a basic understanding of the maintenance involved with the vehicle; this includes things such as oil changes, tire rotations, new tires and proper fluid…
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Youthful Driver: Apps to Avoid Texting and Driving

Youthful Driver: Apps to Avoid Texting and Driving Texting and driving is fast becoming one of the most dangerous hazards of the road. According to Stop the Texts, over one million people chat and text while driving each day. A driver who texts while driving is twenty-three times more likely to get into an accident than a driver who doesn’t text. And, of those killed in distracted-driving accidents, 995 reports involved a cell phone. Eighteen percent of accident fatalities were distracted-related crashes. It isn’t a small population either. Forty-nine percent of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving. Technology is changing and the distractions within the car are more dangerous than ever. But, there are some apps that can help combat that problem. Here’s a list Mashable compiled on how to avoid texting and driving. AT&T DriveMode. Once the app is selected, all calls, texts, and emails are silenced- the app also blocks you from reading or typing anything. You do still have the option to make an emergency phone call, access your music playlist, and make calls with up to five people. DriveSafe.ly. Rather than blocking your text messages, this app reads your text messages and calls aloud so you don’t take your eyes off the road. It will automatically respond to recipients for you, either by voice or with pre-set responses. Textecution. This app uses GPS to determine the speed you’re driving at. If you are clocked at more than 10 mph, the app disables texting so you can’t receive or respond to texts. You will be able to unlock messages when going less than 10 mph. For extenuating circumstances (like traveling on a train for example), you can ask for permission from the admin, who can override the settings. DriveScribe. This app measures and evaluates your driving performance by giving you points based on how well you stay within the speed limit and obey traffic signs. Text-STAR. The goal of Text-STAR is to eliminate driving distractions. It senses motion, and disables texting when you drive over 10 mph. It also allows you to schedule auto reply texts if you know you’ll be busy or doing something else. The issue is especially prevalent with younger drivers. At A.J. Benet, we know how important it is to make sure your young drivers stay safe…
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