Clicking your seat belt takes a matter of seconds, and it’s your best defense in an accident — not to mention it’s the law. Yet, around 53% of teen drivers killed in car accidents are not wearing one.
Regardless of whether they’re headed off to a college in another city or state, or just driving to the school across town, AskPatty knows you want your teen driver to be as safe as possible behind the wheel.
Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, according to CDC.gov. In 2011, over half of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died in crashes were unrestrained. In 2013, only 55% of high school students reported they always wear seat belts when riding with someone else. Peer pressure is also a contributing factor in teen crash deaths: When the teen driver in a fatal crash was unrestrained, nearly all of that driver’s teen passengers were also unrestrained.