CDC Report Explains the Eight Danger Zones Teen Drivers Must Avoid
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, there are “Eight Danger Zones” that parents should explain to their teen drivers. The following danger zones are the leading causes of teen accidents, injuries, and deaths:
- Distracted driving
- Driver inexperience
- Driving with teen passengers
- Drowsy driving
- Impaired driving
- Nighttime driving
- Not using seat belts
- Reckless driving
When teen drivers learn the facts about safe driving and accident statistics, they can reduce their risks of being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. The following tips are proven to help teen drivers become safer drivers.
Fact #1 – Seat Belts Save Lives
The CDC reports that almost 50% of all teen passengers and drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 who died in crashes were not wearing their seat belts. Research shows also shows that wearing seat belts lowers serious accident-related injuries and fatalities by nearly 50%.
Fact #2 – Avoiding Drinking & Driving Averts Auto Accidents
Supporting and enforcing “Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) laws and state “Zero Tolerance Laws” for underage drivers is necessary to dissuade drinking and driving among teen drivers.
Fact #3 – Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws Help Prevent Deadly Collisions
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs are important because they help build driving skills over an extended period of time. Research has proven that GDL programs are responsible for a 19% reduction in injury-related car accidents and 21% fewer fatal accidents for 16-year-old drivers. Parents should help their teen drivers learn and understand their state’s GDL laws. The CDC’s GDL Planning Guide is another excellent resource to help states assess, develop, and implement actionable programs to amplify GDL best practices.
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