SmartDrive is aimed at increasing safety for teens on the road so they will never put themselves, their passengers or their vehicles in harm’s way.
Annually, 7887 teens, aged 15-20 die in car crashes — that is 22 fatalities daily.
What factors put teen drivers at risk?
- Teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations
- Teens are more likely to speed and allow shorter headway’s
- Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use
- In a national survey in 2001, 24% of teens reported that, within the previous month, they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol
How can deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving teen drivers be prevented?
Research suggest that the most comprehensive graduated drivers licensing(GDL) programs are associated with a reduction of 38% in fatal crashes among 16-year old drivers. Crash rates are the highest during the first 6 months and 1,00 miles of licensure, there is no substitute for experience.