It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, and we want to hear your best advice for staying safe behind the wheel. Give us your best advice and you can win one of five 3M Headlight Renewal Kits, for better visibility and vision as we head for the end of Daylight Savings Time.
The statistics on teen driving have improved a lot in the last 20 years, but vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:
- 891,000 teenage drivers were involved in crashes in 2013
- 236,000 of those crashes, someone was injured
- 2,614 crashes, one or more people died
When you start to dig into the data, some clear patterns become obvious:
- Fifty-three percent of motor vehicle crash deaths among teenagers occur on Friday, Saturday or Sunday
- Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths occur most frequently from 9:00 p.m. to midnight
- Teenagers who drive with other teenagers have an exponentially higher risk of fatality. Teens that drive with one of their peers has a 44% higher chance of a fatality in the car. Two teens doubles their risk. Three more more quadruples it.
There are obviously a lot of factors in crashes at night (fatigue, alcohol consumption, distraction) but being able to see is better than not being able to see.
Take a look in the parking lot on your way out of the office tonight. At least half of the cars in the lot have hazy, foggy headlamps. Not only do they look bad, but they seriously impede the light being thrown out of the headlamps. Your teen can’t see as well, and other can’t see them as well either.
We used the kit and in two minutes were able to improve the light output in a Corolla with foggy headlamps by 10 times, measured on a light meter. (The light on the left had been treated in the picture below).
We want to get these out to some of you, especially if you’ve got teens of your own, who may be driving used cars. What we’re asking for is to give the best driving safety tip you’ve given your teens. Feel free to use personal experience or just vocalize your own fears for friends and teens you know.