More than 2,500 teens die in car crashes every year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. What behaviors increase your teen’s risk for getting a car accident? Some of these might be obvious, but it’s important to remind your teen how to stay safe while driving or riding with their friends.teens driving

  1. Skipping seat belts. Nearly half of all teens who died weren’t wearing a seat belt.
  2. Texting while driving. We all know this a no-no, but many of us do it anyway. Remind your teen that sending or reading a text while driving takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds – if you’re going 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field blindfolded. Be sure to set the right example for your kids, too, and don’t look at your phone while driving.
  3. Being afraid and not speaking up. Half of teen passengers report feeling unsafe riding with a driver. Coach your teen on how to speak up, when he doesn’t feel safe in a car.
  4. Too many passengers. Riding with two or more teens in a car can double the risk of a fatal car crash. Driving with more than three passengers increases the odds by 300 percent.
  5. Drinking and driving. Seventeen percent of teen drivers (ages 16-20) who were killed in car crashes had a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or more.
  6. Driving while it’s dark. The risk of a fatal crash at night is three times higher for teens than adults.
  7. Speeding. One-third of teens who were killed in car accident were driving over the speed limit.

Source: Safe Kids Worldwide