Handing over the keys is a rite of passage. For a newly minted teen driver, it's a step toward independence. For mom or dad, it's a cue to become less involved. That may be a big mistake, according to a new study.
The car, a symbol of for youthful rebellion for decades, may be losing its appeal among teenagers: A study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute showed that fewer than 30 percent of 16-year-olds and only about 45 percent of 17-year-olds had a driver's license in 2010.
Teen driving safety is one of those problems that is easy to ignore: So often the tragedies are spread out throughout small towns around the country. One lost life here, two lost there. We don't often piece all those crashes together and realize what's happening to our children
Over the past six weeks, AOL Autos has delved into the topic of teen driving: the scope of the problem, the role driver's education plays in the process, and what parents can do help their teens master their driving skills. But one important voice was missing: The teens themselves.
Many parents feel squeamish about tracking their teen drivers with technology. It seems invasive, intrusive, and like you don't trust them. But a study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety shows that teens whom know they're being tracked behave better behind the wheel.
Despite plenty of academic research demonstrating that texting while driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving, a new poll shows that most teens simply don't think that's the case. State Farm recently sponsored a poll conducted by Harris Interactive in which 14-to-17 year-olds were asked whether they thought they would die one day if they regularly text and drive. Only 35 percent of those asked strongly agreed with that statement. Compare that figure with the 55 percent of teens w
Teenage drivers are dangerous, that's no revelation. AAA has analyzed the last decade of crash data by its AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and found that while deadly crashes are down overall, teenage drivers are still at least twice as lethal to other people as they are to themselves.
Nobody would argue that the potential for lost-life is the worst thing about teen crashes, but the related monetary expenses are also rather staggering. AAA estimates that teen crashes ended up costing more than $34 billion annually in medical expenses, lost work, property damage, quality of life loss and other related costs in 2006 alone. According to AAA, fifteen to seventeen year-old drivers were involved in nearly a million crashes in 2006, injuring 406,427 people and killing 2,541. Each fat