The New England Journal of Medicine reported in a new study that the major causes of accidents for teens are inexperience and risky driving behaviors. What behaviors do these kids have? The things we would expect: talking on a cell phone, adjusting the radio, eating, putting on makeup and talking to passengers in the car.
Did you know? Teens make up only 6 percent of drivers. Yet, teens are responsible for 14 percent of all accidents. That is a significant issue for teens.
Part of the problem is that teens do not understand the signifance of a car accident. Even a minor car crash can have significant impacts on the teen, the teens family, and the other people involved.
I have spoken to numerous teen groups, including high schools, about the dangers of driving and how insurance fits into their world. I will continue to offer that service. It is one thing when a teen hears this from a parent or a driving instructor, but coming from someone who deals with this every day, and has since my first job out of college, teens do listen and pay attention.
If you want me to come to your school or other group and talk to teens about driving, accidents, and insurance, just email me.