Sadly, car accidents kill friends and family members no matter their age. However, a teenage driver’s risk of dying in a car accident increases dramatically when there are other teens in the car, according to a recent study was conducted by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety. Using date on teen crashes from 2007 to 2010, the study concluded that teens driving with their friends in the car continue to be far riskier than driving alone or with an adult.
According to the research, a 16- or 17-year-old driver’s risk of death per mile driven increases 44 percent when carrying one passenger younger than 21 compared to driving alone, the study found. The risk is double when carrying two passengers younger than 21 and quadruples when carrying three or more passengers that age. However, the risk of a teen driver dying in an accident when a passenger aged 35 or older is in the vehicle decreases 62 percent, the study said.
Between 2000 and 2010, nearly 2,200 younger teen drivers were killed in automobile accidents. Forty percent of those killed in car accidents had at least one passenger under 21 — and no older passengers — in the vehicle, the study said.
Summer is the deadliest time of year for teen drivers and their passengers. An average of 422 teens die monthly in car crashes during summer compared to an average of 363 teen deaths from car accidents during the non-summer months.
So, whether it is other teenagers in the car, text messaging, loud music or other distractions, it is important that our teenage drivers understand the risk of driving and the chances of dying in a car accident.
No matter how old you are, drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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