(CNN) – Teens are behind the wheel less than almost every other age group, but they’re almost 3 times as likely to be in a fatal crash. The summer adds even more risk.
According to AAA, the number of deaths from crashes goes up 16%. An average of 1,022 people die each year in crashes involving teen drivers. What is the biggest distraction? Not their phones, their friends! Talking or attending to other passengers accounted for 15% of crashes. Most of those passengers were teens themselves.
Using a cell phone was a leading cause attributed to 12% of crashes. Cell phone use was up significantly by the end of the study.
So, how do you address it? AAA recommends letting your teens know of the dangers of distracted driving. Perhaps having them sign a driving agreement and maybe most importantly, practice what you preach.
At any given moment, about 660,000 drivers are using a device behind the wheel. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road and at 55 miles per hour, by the time you look up, you would have covered an entire football field.