As part of its new “I Know Everything” Program, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) is asking teen drivers “How much do you really know about safe driving?”
As the parent of a boy who is about to turn 21, I remember how it felt when he first started driving. I wanted him to be a safe driver, and had spent months preparing him for the day he would finally begin driving alone. During that time, I spent hours in the passenger seat sharing driving tips, and trying not to be nervous.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens: More than 300,000 teens are injured in crashes each year, and thousands more are killed. One-third of those crashes involve a teen driver who had been drinking and ten percent of 15- to 19-year-old drivers involved in a fatal crash were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Of teenage passenger deaths in 2009, 59% occurred in vehicles driven by another teen.
These are frightening statistics. There are plenty more teen dirivng factoids in the infographic at the end of this article. But FAAR is aiming to improve them.