AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 2: Don’t Carry Extra Passengers
Cell phones aren’t the only behind-the-wheel distraction — friends can unknowingly do more harm than good.
"Inexperience and immaturity, combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, and other teen passengers contribute to the high fatality rate of teens involved in fatal crashes," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
Crash risks increase when teens drive with other teens in the car. According to NHTSA, teens are 2.5 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors when driving with one teenage passenger and three times more likely with multiple teenaged passengers. In fact, NHTSA analysis shows that the risk of a fatal crash increases in direct relation to the number of teenagers in the car.
Be sure your teenager understands your state’s graduated driver licensing program passenger restrictions. And don’t be afraid to enforce your own rules regarding extra riders.