Friday, June 21, 2013

Teen Driving: Need-To-Know Tips - Giveaway

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With school out, summer is filled with fun activities and new freedoms for teens, such as learning to drive a car. However, keeping teen drivers safe from harm can be a big concern for parents, especially with summer being the deadliest time of year for teenage motor fatalities. That’s why you should know about steps you can take today to help your teen become a safer driver year round.

The tips and resources below may not only keep your teen and others free from harm, but also could save you money on insurance.

· Tip 1: Help your teen become a safer driver by talking openly about your expectations and rules for when they’re behind the wheel, such as never texting or using their cell phones while driving.

– Consider negotiating a Teen Driving Contract that requires your teen to avoid driving dangers, such as texting, driving under the influence and not wearing a seat belt. The NAIC even has a customizable Teen Driving Contract to get you started!
· Tip 2: No matter how safe or prepared you or your teen may be, accidents happen. In the event you or your teen driver is involved in an auto accident, make sure everyone knows what steps to take to stay safe and protect their identities when exchanging information for a claim.

– The NAIC’s free WreckCheck app walks you through what to do — and not do — after an accident. The app helps users collect necessary information on the spot, then immediately emails a report to your home and your insurance agent. The app can be found online at iTunes® and Google Play® or by searching “NAIC” at the iTunes store or Android market.

· Tip 3: Adding a teen driver to your auto insurance policy can be costly. Make sure both you and your teen driver understand all the insurance implications of how even minor fender-benders can add up.

Insureuonline.org is an unbiased resource to help you and your teen driver get educated about the risks and insurance implications of unsafe driving.

The Teen Driving 101 infographic offers seven eye-opening facts for parents of new drivers. 


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134 comments:

latanya t said...

43% admit to texting while driving

Jackie said...

I find it alarming that while 97% admit texting while driving is dangerous, 43% still do it.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I was a bit surprised by the statistic that says drivers with passengers are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Makes sense, but not something I thought about much.

Kathy said...

Most teens in fatal car crashes aren't wearing seat belts.

Maryann D. said...

I find it alarming that 1 in 5 16 year olds has an accident in the first year of driving.
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Rachel DeMille said...

It was helpful learning that teens whose parents set rules and monitor behavior are 70% less likely to drive intoxicated.

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Denise said...

My brother's oldest son turned 15 1/2 yesterday, and got his learner's permit today. So I will definitely relay to my brother that little tidbit about 1 in 5 16-year-olds get into accidents in their first year.

Tammy said...

Teen drivers with passengers are 3.6x more likely to be involved in a fatal crash! Wow!

Klydra Pugh said...

I'm alarmed by the percentage of teens admitting they are texting and driving.
Thanks for the chance.

Brandi Mendieta said...

I am shocked that only 44% would speak up if they were uncomfortable! That is a sadly low number...all of the statics are quite alarming really...I like the last one...hopefully that statistic represents more and more teen drivers everyday.
Thanks for the giveaway! maxandbrandi@yahoo.com

Steph said...

I was surprised that 1 in 5 teens has an accident in their first year of driving.

Paol Trenny said...

I am alarmed by - Teen drivers with passengers are 3.6x more likely to be involved in a fatal crash! ----- Paol Trenny ..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

Heather! said...

Yikes! Teen drivers are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a FATAL crash?! That scares the pants right off of me! Not only for our kids, but for everybody on the road!

bison61 said...

only 44% of teens would speak up if someone was driving in a way that scared them

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Mandy- Read. Write. Mom! said...

That only 44% would speak up if someone were driving in a way that scared them. I know from firsthand experience (when I was a teen) that this almost cost me and a few other people in the car that crashed our lives.

alissa apel said...

I find it surprising that 97% still text. You'd think with all the info out there, they would know better. I guess not.

GeorgiaBeckman said...

The statistic that I find most alarming is the percentage of kids that would not speak up if they saw someone else driving recklessly.

momo said...

I know that they do not like wearing their seat belts like they should, And I hate it when they text while they are driving!

Lizz In Italy said...

I need one of these to stay safe in my car!

suburban prep said...

WOW most -many teens are not wearing their seatbelts.

Carolyn D. said...

1 in 5 teens get in an accident their first year....wow, I'm actually waiting for my girls to get out of drivers ed class,as I type this!
Thanks

Carolyn D. said...

1 in 5 teens get in an accident their first year....wow, I'm actually waiting for my girls to get out of drivers ed class,as I type this!
Thanks

channallocks said...

most teens in fatal car crashes aren't wearing seat belts

BowieTip said...

43% of teens text while driving. This makes the streets more dangerous than it should be.

Hope to win!

mecarolks said...

I was surprised that 1 in 5 teens has an accident in their first year of driving.

Serenap95 said...

Teen Drivers with passengers are 3.6X more likely to be involved in a fatal crash

john hutchens said...

43% of teens admit to texting while driving

dlhaley said...

I like the idea of having a driving contract with your teen.

Jose Benavides said...

most of the teens that died didn't wear seat belts and also 1 in 5 kids die their first year in driving

abfantom said...

I'm alarmed to see that a teen driver with passengers is 3.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal crash.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

sweepmom said...

1 in 5 sixteen year olds has an accident in their first year of driving.

Kelly R. said...

I find it alarming that 1 in 5 teens have an accident within their first year of driving-scary!

Sacha Schroeder said...

It scares me that 1 in 5 kids have a car accident during their first year of driving. Those aren't great odds.

LauraJJ said...

I was alarmed that 97 percent of teens know that texting and driving is dangerous, yet 43 percent admit they still do it. So scary!!!

skkorman said...

The fact that 43% of teens text while driving is VERY alarming!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

longsgl said...

I am surprised and scared that 1 in 5 teens will have an accident in their first year driving.

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BlessieNelson said...

I was pleased to know that teens whose parents set rules and monitor behavior are 70% less likely to drive intoxicated.

LIDARKSIDE said...

These stats aren't anything new to me, but letting children drive at a younger age than when I got my driver's license I find disturbing. A 16-year-old has 25% more accidents than a 17-year-old. Our children will not be driving until they turn 17.

Tamar said...

I don't like the statistic showing that teens with passengers are 3.6x more likely to get into an accident.

julis55 said...

only 44% of teens would speak up if someone was driving in a way that scared them

Gennie Lancaster said...

1 in 5 16 year olds has an accident in their first year of driving.

brich2222 said...

surprised that one in five 16 yo have a driving accident first year!

debbie said...

30x more soccer coaching than driving education. Yipes.

S C said...

I find it alarming the 43% of teens still text and drive.
Sherry Compton
savewish@yahoo.com

sherylssg said...

I wasn't aware that accident insurance may not cover all the damages caused by a teen texting.

sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

Robin Quick said...

1 in 5 teens get in an accident their first year of driving. I have a son that will be driving very soon & I'm terrified. I had a close friend die in a car crash when we were 16. It was one of the worst memories of my life.

fresh modern said...

43 percent of teens admit to texting and driving, scary. I wish they would be more careful.

Christine Sutor

Kim (Randominities) said...

1 in 5 16 year olds will have an accident in their first year of driving. I've always felt 16 was too young to be driving by themselves.

Nadene Adams said...

1 in 5 teens get in an accident their first year of driving. That is a scary thought. Makes me glad neither of my kids are old enough to drive.

Kathleen said...

I found it helpful that teens whose parents set rules and monitor behavior are 70% less likely to drive intoxicated.

Tony said...

Surprises me the amount (or lack of) time a teen has to drive prior to getting a licens.

Katie Contests said...

1/5 of 16-year-olds has an accident in the first year of driving O.o SCARY

Sam Stamp said...

The 30x more soccer coaching than driving education was surprising and unpleasant!

Jenn Aikens said...

They all freak me out - hard to say which is more freaky. probably that most teens know that texting is dangerous but over 40% of those still do it (or have done it). This means the problem isn't educating them about safety - it needs to be a responsibility call that most 16 year olds obvious won't go through with.

Robert Pyszk said...

This one is the most disturbing 1 in 5 16 year olds has an accident in the first year of driving.

16 year old should NOT be driving a vehicle that could kill a whole family. Did you know at places of work they can't even throw garbage into a compactor at 16 but they can have a car that could kill an entire family.. shows you how messed up this countries systems are!

Ciara B. said...

only 44% of teens say they would speak up if someone were driving in a way that scared them. i find that to be the most alarming

cb_shorty2003@yahoo.com

Deci Worland MacKinnon said...

1 in 5 16-year-olds get into accidents in their first year.

Karen said...

Most teens in fatal car crashes aren't wearing seat belts.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Tanya White said...

I was alarmed that drivers with passengers are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

Linda Meyers-Gabbard said...

Personally I think that the age limit needs to be raised. But it just makes me sick just knowing that the kids get more training in Soccer than in drivers edu.

Ladyblueeyez1960 (at)(aol)(dot)(com)

twbellamy said...

1 in 5 of 16 year olds have an accident in their first year of driving.

rubynreba said...

Only 44% of teens would speak up if they saw someone doing something wrong.

Dawn Monroe said...

I personally think that the driving age needs to be raised. The texting and passanger stats were shocking to me.

Wehaf said...

I'm shocked that teen drivers with passengers are more than 3 times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those who don't have passengers.

rah267 said...

1 in 5 16 year olds has accident first year they drive
rah267 at yahoo dotcom

Helen said...

teen drivers with passengers are 3.6x more likely to be involved in a fatal crash

mogrill said...

Texting and driving....43% wow!
Thanks for the chance.
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Lianne said...

teen drivers with passengers are 3.6x more likely to be involved in a fatal crash is SO scary!

Carly K said...

The statistic that I find most alarming is the percentage of kids that would not speak up if they saw someone else driving recklessly.

Katherine Donovan said...

I find it disturbing that only 44% of teens speak up when they are with a reckless driver.

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jappleseed said...

43 PRECENT ADMIT TO TEXTING

Sherry said...

The statistic showing that teens with passengers are 3.6x more likely to get into an fatal crash is very scary.

Mariah Williams said...

That most teenagers have had more coaching in soccer then driving.

Heather S. said...

44% of teens say would be willing speak up if someone were driving in a way that scared them.
hschonrock at yahoo dot com

- Epic Fail said...

Ohh most alarming: 43% admit to texting, while 95%say it's wrong to do so

ijessica_r at yahoo dot com

Mihaela Day said...

Teen drivers with passengers are 3.6x more likely to be involved in a fatal crash!

MizVickik said...

That 43% admit to texting is alarming!
Miz Vickik

Debra said...

30x more hours coaching in soccer than behind the wheel is just shocking to me

MELINA said...

43% teens still text even though 97% know that it is dangerous

tina reynolds said...

I was really really surprised that 1 out of 5 teens has an accident in their first year of driving.

Kelly H. said...

I think it's sad that only 44% would speak up if someone was driving in a way that scared them.

sparkedcat said...

I am amazed that most teens in fatal wrecks are not wearing seatbelts.

Kim Hardy said...

The texting and driving is very alarming....
ky_Grandma40@yahoo.com

bac1 said...

97% admit texting while driving is dangerous, 43% still do it.

Erica C. said...

The amount of teens that still text & drive is scary!
ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

Kari Flores said...

1 in 5 16 year old drivers has an accident in there first year of driving is very frightening.

Tabathia said...

That 43% of teens admit to texting

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

I love the idea that says the teen driver contract!
Thank You

Fiona N

Deb S. said...

The stat with the number of 16 yo getting in wrecks their first year of driving. Scary.

Crystal M said...

I didn't realize that 1 in 5 16 year olds are involved in an accident IN THEIR FIRST YEAR- I found that pretty surprising...I knew that a teenager is more likely to be involved an in accident than a more experienced driver but wow, that's crazy- never want my boys to grow up and drive lol

Melanie Montgomery said...

It scares me how many kids know that its dangerous and continue to do it

heymissvirginia said...

It's alarming that teenage drivers with passengers are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.
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cassandra mccann said...

Teen drivers with passengers are 3.6x more likely to be involved in a fatal crash!

Pat said...

I can believe that 1 in 5 16-yr olds have an accident in their first year because I did. Inexperience and lack of patience did it. Thank heavens I got over that!

Chris Alejandro said...

1 in 5 16 year olds have accidents in their first year of driving.. that's pretty alarming.

Timothy D said...

That only 44% of teens would speak up.
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jlafount said...

43% admit to texting while driving

jakiesmom said...

I'm alarmed that 43% of. Teens admit to texting while driving

Vanessa said...

1 in 5 16 year olds have an accident within their first year of driving. I had my 1st accident after I had my license for 3 months.

Carolyn Daley said...

I find it alarming that teen drivers with passengers are 3.6X more likely to get into fatal car accidents.

Karrie Millheim said...

1 in 5 teens get in an accident their first year and this scares me

Rebecca Lock said...

Hard to believe that many teens have had 30x more time being coached in soccer than driving. I am currently teaching my 2 teen sons to drive and will not let them get their licenses until I am completely comfortable with their driving.

latertatersnyc said...

i'm horrified that having passengers in the car increases a teen driver's chance of being in a fatal accident. my niece and nephew both just got their permits and I think about the crazy things that went on in the car when I first started driving. I remember being invincible and I'll be sure to show this site to both of them, hopefully it will get them thinking about it.

lyndseyluvsjj said...

I found it alarming that drivers with passenger are 3.6X more likely to have an accident. I never drive alone really :(

Lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

Ruth Reynolds said...

teen is 3.6 times more then reg drivers to have fatal accident

pauline15 said...

Since I have a new 15 year old who is really anxious to take driver's ed, it scares me to think that 1 in 5 16 year olds has an accident in the first year of driving.

curvacious said...

Sad how many fatalities are just due to not wearing a seatbelt.

Sue said...

I was pleased to know that teens whose parents set rules and monitor behavior are 70% less likely to drive intoxicated.

Derek Timm said...

I think its crazy that 1 in 5 teens have a accident their first year driving.

desdun31 said...

I find it shocking that only 44% of teens would speak up if someone was driving a way that scared them.


Desiree Dunbar
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Jennifer Reed said...

I am saddened by the statistic that most teens have 30x more training in soccer, etc than driver training. I believe this but I am saddened by it.

ape2016 said...

The average 16 year old has 30X's more hours of coaching soccer than driving.

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May Avalon said...

I was surprised that 1 in 5 teens has an accident in their first year of driving.

Amanda Rauch said...

I was suprized to see that only 44% of teens would speak up if someone was driving in a way that scared them! Teens need to use their voices and speak up for themselves in cases like that. I hope that my son would.

Douglas Houston said...

I was surprised that 1 in 5 teens has an accident in their first year of driving

Nancy said...

Alarming: 43% of teens admit to texting while driving.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Gina B said...

nice to know that parents who educate and montitor their children are less likely to drink n drive

amy16323 said...

97% admit texting while driving is dangerous, 43% still do it.

Diane W said...

Parents that set rules are 70% less likely to have a teenage drink and drive. Kids need parents not parent that act like friends.

mary gardner said...

i am alarmed that only 44% of teens would speak up if someone was driving in a way that scared them

Buddy Garrett said...

That only 44% would speak up if someone was driving in a way that scared them. Thia is not surprising but scary.

Buddy Garrett said...

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Andrea Howard said...

that teens are more likely to have a crash with other people in the car :/

Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway…the disturbing lack of driver training required in most states as compared with instruction in school sports .

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tlcfromtn said...

I find it alarming that teen drivers with passengers are 3.6x more likely to be involved in a fatal crash

kathy pease said...

its scary that 43 percent of teens admit to texting while driving

Breanne said...

1 in 5 16-year-olds has an accident their first year of driving

lilyk said...

I was most surprised to learn that 1 in 5 16-year-olds has an accident in their first year of driving.

lmurley2000 said...

parents should purchase older cars for lower insurance rates

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kmcgrew213 said...

the one i found most alarming is that TEENS find texting and driving dangerous yet half still do it.. absolutely ludicrous.

Brandi said...

I didn't know that 1 out of 5 kids has a wreck the very first year of driving!

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Teens say: 97% admit texting while driving is dangerous, 43% still do it.
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