An estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involve cell phone use. There really isn’t a safe way to use a cell phone while driving, either. Even hands-free devices are risky, because drivers are too distracted by the conversation to fully focus on the road.
We’ve known for quite some time that teens wear seat belts less frequently than drivers of other age groups. It’s disturbing for many reasons. Unlike many adults, teens have grown up with mandatory seat belt laws. National seat belt usage rates are nearly 90 percent. And unlike many adults, teens have always ridden in cars with a seat belt for every single passenger. We know the best way to protect ourselves in a vehicle is to buckle up.
One of the most important skills for your teen driver to master is how to properly scan the roads for hazards. Failing to identify hazards is one of the leading factors in teen driver crashes and one reason teens’ crash risk is three times that of more experienced drivers.