For more information on national teen driving statistics go to

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/teenagers/fatalityfacts/teenagers

https://mnsafedriving.com/images/news/untitled.jpg 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.dps.state.mn.us/ots Minnesota state department of traffic safety
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

www.drivealiverichmond.com .  Interesting information about teens and distracted driving