Navigation Links
Teen Crash Risk High in First Month of Driving, Study Finds
Date:10/14/2011

FRIDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Teen drivers are 50 percent more likely to crash within the first month of getting their driver's license than they are after driving for a full year, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Moreover, these new drivers are nearly twice as likely to crash in the first month as they are after two full years behind the wheel, the study found.

However, parents can help teens prevent accidents by setting limits and helping them master driving skills in all types of driving conditions, the traffic safety experts pointed out.

In conducting the research for the AAA Foundation, investigators at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center pinpointed three common mistakes new teenage drivers make, including: speeding; not paying attention; and failing to yield.

These three mistakes, the study noted, accounted for 57 percent of all the crashes for which teens were even partially responsible.

Certain types of crashes -- such as accidents involving left-hand turns -- were more common during the first few months of driving but quickly declined as teens gained experience, the researchers noted.

Some accidents occur, however, not because of inexperience, but because new drivers fail to master certain driving skills, the study pointed out.

"We know that young drivers' crash rates decrease quickly as they gain experience. What our new study tells us is that there are a few specific abilities that we could do a better job of helping teens develop before they begin driving independently," AAA Foundation president and CEO Peter Kissinger, said in an AAA news release.

A separate study, which relied on in-vehicle cameras, found that while they are learning to drive with their parents, teens stick to routine trips on familiar roads with optimal driving conditions. Once they are licensed and unsupervised, however, the teens' driving deteriorated, resulting in some close calls, texting while driving, horseplay with passengers, running red lights and other potentially dangerous behaviors.

"This research serves as a great reminder for parents to stay involved in the learning process even after the law allows teens to drive without a parent in the car," added Kissinger. "Continued parent engagement can help teens gain needed driving experience and shape their habits for a lifetime of safe driving."

The experts advised parents of several steps they can take to keep their children safe when they are on the road on their own, including:

  • Continue to practice with teens even after they get their driver's license to help them master basic driving skills in all types of driving conditions, including snow and heavy traffic.
  • Limit passengers. The risk for crashes increases significantly with teenage passengers in the car.
  • Avoid night driving. Because there is reduced visibility, inexperienced teen drivers shouldn't drive at night unless it is necessary or when practicing with an adult.
  • Parents should set clear rules about when and where their teens are allowed to drive. Limits should be set on bad weather, highways, cities or other difficult driving conditions.

And, the AAA experts added, parents should be firm and enforce the limits and rules they set on their teen's driving.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about teen drivers.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: AAA Foundation, news release, Oct. 11, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Pot Smoking May More Than Double Crash Risk
2. Driving Restrictions Help Prevent Deadly Crashes Among 16-Year-Olds
3. Oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico claim 139 lives in helicopter crashes
4. Kids Fare Better in Crashes When Grandparents Driving: Study
5. Even One Glass of Beer, Wine Boosts Car Crash Risk: Study
6. Drug use tied to fatal car crashes
7. Bright Side of Paying More at the Pump? Fewer Car Crashes
8. Early School Start Tied to More Teen Crashes: Study
9. Crash rates may be higher for teen drivers who start school earlier in the morning
10. Driver Errors Explain Most Teen Crashes, Experts Say
11. Surgeon availability tied to survival rate in vehicle crashes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Teen Crash Risk High in First Month of Driving, Study Finds 
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Stephanie Hebert Insurance Agency, serving families ... new charity campaign. As part of their ongoing community involvement program, funds are ... that children deserve a voice, and in the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Tingley Rubber Corporation , a leading ... range of unique and advantaged protective solutions to a growing and dynamic ... customer service and marketing support. A new distribution center in Brampton, Ontario will ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... networking and relationship-marketing firm, announced today that nominations will be accepted February ... (ISE®) West Awards. , Awards include the Information Security Executive® of ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... GrassrootsHealth published data from its D*action public ... in the GrassrootsHealth cohort with substantially higher vitamin D levels than a cohort ... states Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth, “the safety and benefits of vitamin ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... The ... annually in this country. The AutismOne 2016 Conference, which is being held May 25-29 ... often won’t hear elsewhere about helpful interventions and causes of chronic illness in children. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... 2016 http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fqx6nz/global_skin ) ... Skin Protective Equipment Market 2016-2020" report to ... ) has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. --> ... the addition of the "Global Skin Protective ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016  A research team ... scientists has discovered details of how the abnormal breakage ... a particularly aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). ... which genetic mutations trigger overproduction of immature cells, called ... The discoveries of the malfunction underlying the type called ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... -- As part of a major growth and expansion initiative, Dune ... Lori Chmura as President of Dune Inc., its U.S. ... extensive experience in the medical device space will play a ... --> --> In her ... marketing and operational functions in the U.S. She is tasked ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: