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Teenagers' Car Accident Statistics

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2009 Car Accidents Statistics for Teen Driver

Nationally each year over 5,000 accidents resulting in fatalities involved teen drivers ages 16 and 20.  That's 1.25% of the total 400,000 auto accidents with teen drivers resulting in serious or debilitating injuries.  Amazingly, both statistical rates combined are a whopping 62% percent of the total national teenagers' car accidents statistics of 650,000 accidents with drivers under the age of 21.  Teen driver statistics need our attention.

How to Talk To Your Teen about Responsible

Those are alarming numbers to have to shallow when your teens turn's driving age!  What's ever more disheartening for parents who have teenagers driving is statically 25% of the passengers killed in teen auto accidents are siblings and other family members or friends.   And it only get's worse with the fact that 45% of car accidents involving teen drivers also involve serious injuries and property damage to other motorist and pedestrians'.

Among the necessities of parenting talking with your teen about driving safety should be like talking to them about sex! And it's vitally important for preventing other teens from being counted in the national teenagers' car accident statistics and reports.  Learn how to get the point across to your teens about safe and responsible driving habits using this information.  We'll show you how!

Many parents have found that simply laying down the grounds rules on using the family car is not enough!  Sadly, however researchers believe that the majority of parents who lost a teen in a fatal car accident fail to truly get the point across to the teens about responsible driving.  Granted teen are given specific rules regarding driving the family car, but researchers question whether or not these rules are effectively embedded in the teens mind to the point they subconsciously adhere to them when unsupervised.  Researchers say no!  According to statistical findings parents merely touch the surface of embedding responsible driving habit's but only when teaching a teen how to drive.

This approach often contradicts the parents' normal driving habits, which could be lax and improper.  In this case where the parent normally drives with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding a cell phone or flipping radio stations, teaching a teen the proper 10 and 2 hand grip and enforcing it would only demonstrates its ok to drive lax and improper.  Inadvertently teens are more opting to imitate parental driving behaviors by driving improperly when driving alone or with friends.   To resolve this problem either parents should improve their driving habits or invest in a private driving classes for teens to teach their teens how to drive initially.  That way the teen is guaranteed to see the proper driving techniques at all times!

Another factor researchers urge parents to incorporate into the conversation about responsible teen driving is harsher reprimands for disobeying rules.  According to statistical teenager car accident studies 12% of the parents either fail to have a punishment in place for breaking the rules or ineffectively enforced the punishment when the rules are broken. Therefore the teen doesn't regard the punishment as unpleasant or worth avoiding and are easily coerced to deliberately break the rules! Quite naturally, laying down a stricter more enforceable punishment for disobeying rules is important when talking to teens about driving responsibility.

Finally, when building a conversation about safe driving habits try to present statistical information on the facts to your teen.  Or better yet, don't give them the information!  Instead make the teen provide the information to you!  Researcher say, when a teen is given the task of finding out statistics on teen related car accidents it has a deeper impact on the team when talking openly as oppose to hammering the facts in to they're heads.  This hammering fact according to researchers is far too aggressive and increases the risk of rebellious behavior.  In this case having them research and report specific information will truly embed responsible driving habits.

Have teen's research information on teen drunk driving car accident statistics. This can make a huge impact on teens and drinking and driving!  Generally, teen drunk driving accident rates is an astounding 59% of the 5,000 fatal car accidents and 75% of the total number of car accidents involving teenagers.   Another fact finding task for teens is the total number of teen accidents involving speeding.  On average according to the National Highway Safety Administration 89% of teen auto accidents was a direct result of speeding sober or intoxicated.

As you can see it's important to know concrete facts about extremely important information teenagers should know before learning how to drive and during.  Remember to focus on positive proactive approaches for embedding statistical information into teens.  And by doing so, you can prevent one less teen from being added to a statistic.  Not to mention you'll sleep better at night when your teenager has the car!