Top causes of accidents among teen drivers

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Many of the top causes of accidents among teen drivers also plague the rest of us. They’re just magnified among young motorists.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has compiled a new list of the top causes of accidents among teens. The reality is that teens are four times more likely to be in an accident than people who are older.

The number one cause is distracted driving. This can be defined as glancing at a text message, dialing a call, changing the station on the radio or even eating. A Virginia Tech study I read about on Cars.com found that distracted driving contributes to 80% of collisions. When it comes to rear end accidents, that number jumps to 93%.

Other factors include taking too many risks behind the wheel and having other passengers (particularly teens) in the car.

A few years ago, I told you how I was reading an e-mail while driving — not while at a red light, but while I was driving. When I looked up, I was a fraction of a second away from almost hitting a guy on a bicycle and really changing my life and his. That became a real wakeup call for me.

Think about your own driving. Then have a conversation with your teen to pierce that veil of invincibility that teens have.



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