Think back to the first time you were handed the keys to a vehicle and allowed to drive off on your own without an adult sitting in the passenger seat. That was an amazing feeling. Chances are, you took your first solo drive when you were a teenager. However, there is no doubting that teenage drivers are not nearly as experienced as adults on the roadway. Here, we want to discuss the main risks involved with teenage driving so that you have the best information possible to protect yourself, your children, and others on the roadway from serious car accidents.
Looking at information available from the Arizona Department of Transportation, we can see a breakdown of driver ages for recordable accidents as well as how many drivers in each age range were involved in fatal or injury crashes during the latest reporting year:
Teenagers are at greater risk of being involved in accidents. In general, this is due to their relative inexperience when it comes to driving. However, there is no way to skip over the fact that teenage drivers will be on the roadways, but we can be aware of specific behaviors that increase the risk of teenagers being involved in an accident and/or sustaining injuries:
It is crucial for parents to take steps to ensure their teenagers are safe behind the wheel. This includes not allowing them to drive by themselves until they are absolutely ready to do so and keeping tabs on driving behavior at all times.