Here’s a few statistics on youthful drivers… from Erie Insurance. A little evidence of why your young driver rates might be climbing.
When teens drive with their friends in the car it increases the likelihood of a crash. According to John Hopkins University, two teens in a car increases the likelihood of a crash by 86 percent and three teens by 182 percent.
Distracted driving is responsible for over 25 of all crashes and is especially dangerous for teen drivers. Cell phones, CD players, passengers, and other in-vehicle distractions can divert teens’ attention from driving and increase their risk of a crash.
In a recent study, researchers from the University of Utah found that even when watching the road, a 20-year-old talking on a cell phone has the reaction time of a 70-year-old. The Utah study found that on average, reaction time was reduced by 18-percent.
Have a 16 year old “Einstein” at home ? Seems that “the visit” most teenagers get from the “knowledge fairy” is a bit lacking in the driving skill department… either way, we’re seeing a growing number of teenager accidents where they actually think they can “text” and drive !!! Are you kidding ? The proof is in the statistics of the past 50 years or so…teenagers are NOT that great behind the wheel…and those stats are not improving. If your teenager is driving and texting you need to stop that behavior immediately.