If you are like me, it seems like yesterday you were bringing your brand new baby home from the hospital. They grow up so fast!! You ask why your son cost more to insure than my daughter? To follow you are going to be reading some very scary statistics and hopefully a few tips you as the parent can follow to help your teenager be a safe driver.

  • In the US, teen drivers are the leading cause of death in motor vehicle accidents.
  • In 2010, seven teenagers, aged 16 to 19, died everyday due to a motor vehicle accident. That’s about 2500 deaths and that doesn’t count the 282,000 that were treated and released from the emergency room.
  • In 2010, the death rate of male teen drivers and their male passengers were almost double that of the female teen driver and their passengers.
  • In 2011, only 54% of high school students reported that they wear their seatbelt all the time, even when they are a passenger.

These accidents can be prevented with your help. Get involved in your teen’s driving. Inexperience is the biggest excuse used in teen accidents, even the “good kids” the “straight A students” are inexperienced and are likelier to be in a fatal crash than you or me. Set rules and curfews, and enforce them. There are many ways to do so, these days there are apps for everything. TeenAgree is available for IPhone and Android systems,this allows you to track their speed, their location and even if they are texting while driving. Click Here to read more teen crash facts and tips, provided by the Iowa DOT.