A program that helps teens recognize and react to hazards via half-day car control and classroom sessions.
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Watch this new driver training video, created by the Washington Safety Program, which follows a teen driver as a motorcyclist helps the driver learn about safer choices while sharing the road with motorcyclists.
Teens crash for many reasons, but data shows that this age group makes 9 common mistakes, sometimes in combination with each other, that can result in deadly consequences. These include:
Teens tend to overrate their driving skills, believing they can handle risky situations. Driver error is a factor in 2/3 of fatal teen crashes.
Seat belt use among teens is the lowest of any age group. Six out of 10 drivers in the U.S., aged 16-20, killed in crashes were not wearing seatbelts.
Teens state cell phone usage is their #1 distraction while driving. Using a cell phone when driving is AS dangerous as driving intoxicated.
Crash risks increase with each mile per hour driven over the speed limit. One-third of U.S. teen fatalities involve speeding.
Almost half of all traffic fatalities involving 16 to 24 year olds are alcohol-related. Driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving intoxicated.
By carrying just one passenger the risk for a crash increases by 50 percent. With three or more passengers, the risk is nearly four times greater.
Teens are twice as likely to crash at night (9pm-6am) than during the day.
Crash rates for newly licensed drivers are highest during the first six months due to lack of experience.
Teens are more likely to drive old vehicles and may be unaware of the importance of routine maintenance and making necessary repairs.