Parents Don’t Understand The Dangers Of Teen Driving
December 3, 2015
A father’s grief following the death of his 17 year old son in a single car crash led him to write a book and produce a video to warn parents about the dangers of teen driving. The father, Tim Hollister, published his book Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving in 2013 and released the companion video on the ninth anniversary of his son’s death.
Teen drivers die at a disproportionate rate compared to all other age groups. In 2013, 1,691 teen drivers were killed and 177,000 were injured in car crashes. An additional 2,642 passengers, occupants of other vehicles, and pedestrians were killed in crashes involving a teen driver.
We have written articles on the dangers cited by Hollister countless times in this and other blogs but teens keep dying the same way month after month. Despite all the training and testing, teens die;
- Because their brains aren’t yet fully developed, leading them to take greater chances with no regard for the consequences.
- Most often in single vehicle crashes after losing control of their vehicle while speeding or driving distracted.
- While carrying other teen passengers who act as a distraction and whose presence, in some cases, lead the teen driver to show off by disregarding the safe driving rules.
- After drinking or using drugs.
- Because they text and drive with the belief that nothing bad will happen to them.
- Because they fail to wear seat belts.
Maybe, what it will take to get the word out to parents is the advice of a grieving father who knows now what he wishes he had known while his son was still alive.
The most important message is to not rely on driver’s ed, state tests, or common sense to keep your teen alive on the road. Parents must be constantly vigilant and set strict rules for their teen driver if they want them to survive into adulthood.
For more information visit: Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving