Driving Rules and Tips for Beginners
Getting a driver’s license is an enormous step in a person’s life. This is true regardless of whether the new driver is 18 or older, or if he or she is younger. Once earned, the ability to drive is often seen as a sign of adulthood by many young drivers. A car and the ability to travel without the help of others also symbolizes freedom for many, regardless of their age. A driver’s license is also a serious responsibility and should not be taken lightly. To earn and maintain an excellent driving record, there are many factors that a driver must understand, both before and after obtaining a license. Go to this website that has many interesting articles that a new driver and a more experienced driver should read
Minnesota Teen Crash Facts for 2015 (15-19 years)
31 teens died in “teen involved” traffic crashes, 3,600 were injured
Minnesota teen drivers continue to be overrepresented in traffic crashes due to driver inexperience,
distractions, speeding/risk-taking, and seat belt non-use. The greatest crash risk occurs during the first
months of independent driving. The good news is that progress has been made. Laws such as no cell phone use, no texting, primary seat belt, and nighttime and passenger limitations have helped reduce teen traffic deaths and injuries.
In 2005, 21.9% of all traffic crashes were “teen involved”. In 2015 it is 16.4%
“Teen involved” means that a teen driver was involved in the crash. It does not mean that they caused it. No teen pedestrian or bicycle crashes are counted in the teen statistics
Teen fatalities in relationship to all fatalities have also decreased from 15.5% in 2004 to 8% in 2015. Injuries have been reduced from 17.6% in 2004 to 12%
Minnesota has seen a drop in teens being arrested for DWI
Contributing factors in teen crashes:
- Driver inattention/distraction (22%)
- Failure to yield (15%)
- Following too closely (11%)
- Contributing factors in teen crashes:
- Four teens were killed in alcohol related crashes—One teen driver was drunk
- 1,274 drivers under 21 were arrested for DWI (another decrease)
Of that number, 787 were arrests of 14-19 year olds & 489 were arrests of 20 year olds
Teen drivers had the more crashes in the winter months
The most dangerous time for teen driver crashes was between 2 – 6 pm 42%
The most dangerous 24 hours is Fridays
- Teens serious crashes in motorcycles – 0 deaths, 4 serious injury
Bicycles – 0 deaths, 9 serious injury
Pedestrian – 1 deaths, 14 serious injuries
For more information on teen driving go to
Minnesota crash information taken from Minnesota Crash Facts 2015
Teens & their parents check out this website for information and statistics and teen driving. Driving is the most dangerous activity you or your teen will most likely ever do. Don’t take it lightly www.partsgeek.com/mmparts/teen_driving_statistics.html
Contributing factors to teen driver crash rates:
Due to a combination of immaturity and inexperience, teens have a higher propensity for risk taking behaviors than do older and experienced drivers. Teen drivers are less likely to buckle up, and more likely to speed or drive too fast for prevailing conditions.
Younger drivers are frequently inexperienced in hazard recognition and often take unnecessary risk due to a combination of poor decision making and an illusion of vulnerability. Younger drivers do not always consider the consequences of their actions.
Recent research in adolescent development supports the contention that younger people are often developmentally less capable of making sound judgments and decisions regarding potentially risky behavior. Areas of the brain involved in rendering judgments and making decisions are not fully developed until around age 25.
National information taken from www.nhtsa.dot.gov
WEB SITES ABOUT TEEN DRIVING
http://teendriving.aaa.com/mn teen driving information from AAA
www.parentingteendrivers.com a non-profit teen safety group
www.minnesotansforsafedriving.com a non-profit Minnesota safety group
http://www.teendriving.com about teen driving written by teens
http://www.tell-my-mom.com gives a sticker for your teens car and has a 40 page book on teaching your teen to drive
http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots Minnesota state department of traffic safety
http://www.t-wheels.com a large driver training school MSD works with
www.allstateteendrivers.com teen driving information from Allstate Insurance Co.
www.qualityansweringservice.com/resources/deadly-calls-how-answering-your-phone-can-cost-you-your-life this site gives facts about the dangers of cell phone and texting use, Personal stories and resources for parents and teenagers.
www.drivealiverichmond.com . Interesting information about teens and distracted driving