Who is it safer to get in a car with: a 16-year-old or a 76-year-old?
Hint: It’s not Grandpa or Grandma.
Nearly one in five of all passenger traffic deaths occurs when a teenager is behind the wheel. Older drivers — up to their mid-80s – have half the crash rate per mile than teenage drivers.
Talk about a generation gap!
Following are some other youth-versus-seniority driving statistics from the American Automobile Association:
- Vehicle wrecks are the top cause of death among teenagers.
- Teenage motorists experience distraction at a higher rate than older operators.
- Vehicles with bigger engines and elevated horsepower are embraced by younger motorists.
- Experienced drivers are more conscious about safety, less inclined to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, less likely to text and drive, more likely to buckle up.
- Older drivers avoid volatile conditions such as driving after sunset, during a downpour or at peak travel times.
- Speed is a factor in fatal crashes involving teenagers at a much higher rate than it is for more seasoned drivers. Teens are in more single-vehicle crashes than any other age group.
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