Did you just type in “teenage driving statistics” or “insurance rates after teen accident” into Google search? A lot of parents do because they’re looking ahead at what might happen if their teen doesn’t drive well. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to promote good driving habits with your teens.
And that isn’t to say most parents feel their kids are irresponsible and reckless. Driving is a complicated activity and even smart, responsible teens get into accidents on the roadways. It could be inexperience, emotions, distraction, too much energy, or too many friends in the car that results in them crashing or speeding.
According to the Canadian Federal Government’s report entitled Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics 2010, there were 2000 car accident collisions in 2010 that resulted in at least one death. And there were a staggering 123, 141 personal injuries.
Teens are Suffering Badly from Errors on the Roadways
There were 511 fatalities and 41,373 injuries involving those from the age group 15 to 24 years. Almost a third of all injuries in all age groups were teenagers. Teenagers accounted for about half of deaths. The monetary loss from those accidents involving teen drivers isn’t known, however it is a significant factor in car insurance rates.
The statistics also reveal that accident numbers for teens have been declining, however the incidence of driving while intoxicated were rising in the period up to 2010.
According to another survey by AT&T, 61% of teens glance at their phones while driving and 43% actually text and drive. Almost all teens surveyed said they believe texting and driving is illegal. So regardless of belief and training, many still exhibit poor judgement in operating a vehicle.
If your auto insurance rates are high because you have a teenager listed as a driver in your policy, you can understand why. Getting teens to drive safely requires good communication of good values with them.
One promising cell phone technology involves blocking access to texting while operating the vehicle. Stats show that texting while driving may account for ¼ of all accidents and is 6 times more dangerous than drunk driving.
So let’s the hope these statistics sink into our consciousness and encourage parents such as yourself to discuss good driving continuously with your teens. It’ll help keep your car insurance rates down and allow your teen to keep on driving.
The future of cars looks good as new collision avoidance systems are helping drivers drive safely in dangerous conditions. Take a look at our safe driving tips for teens list, and check out this post on usage-based auto insurance and the cheapest cars to insure.