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Interactive Website for Parents of Teen Drivers

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers between the ages of 16 – 19.  In 2010, seven teenagers died every day from injuries received in a car accident, bringing that year’s total deaths to about 2700. Another 282,000 were treated for injuries suffered in crashes.

Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

Among teen drivers, males are at almost double the risk of being involved in a crash as female drivers. A teenager with teenage passengers in the vehicle also increases the risk of a crash. And statistics show that the first year a teenager has their license is the most dangerous.

There are several reasons why teens are more likely to be in a crash than adults. Underestimating or not being able to recognize dangerous or hazardous situations, speeding, not using seat belts and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol all contribute to these risks.

And research done by the Allstate Foundation revealed that the majority of parents, although highly concerned about all the risks, don’t closely monitor their teenage drivers. Nine in ten parents said that it’s very important for teens to learn to manage night driving and driving with passengers, but one in three admitted they hadn’t covered those topics adequately with their teenage drivers.

The research also found that almost 30 percent of parents don’t set rules around some of the most danger driving behavior, such as nighttime driving and passengers in the car. Many parents don’t require their teens to get permission before driving. And sixty-four percent of parents said they were looking for resources to help manage their teens’ driving.

A program recently sponsored by the National Safety Council hopes to be one of those resources. Drive it Home was designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. Parents can find tips and sign up for weekly driving practice lesson plans on interactive website.

Other Drive it Home sponsors include the Allstate Foundation, Toyota Foundation, General Motors Foundation and AT&T Foundation.