Wednesday, May 9, 2012

AAA Study: Passengers up risk of teen driver fatalities

New Study shows teen drivers at risk with others in car

AAA released a study on May 8, 2012 showing an alarming risk to teen drivers that have friends in the car with them.  Accidents increase by 44% when one passenger under age of 21 is a passenger in the car.

Accident rates double when 2 or more passengers under the age of 21 are passengers in the car.  This study was for 16 or 17 year old drivers.  The study shows that when a teen driver had one passenger 35 or older in the car accident rates drop by 62%.

You can read the entire Teen Driver Study at USA Today.

"The first year we recommend to our students and parents that our student drivers only drive alone or with a parent,"said John Bolen, President of A Treasure Coast Driving School who has taught over 15,000 teen driver lessons in Florida.  "Our student accident rates drastically are reduced if students and parents follow our teaching and recommendation to avoid driving with friends in the first year."

John Bolen authored the driving program "10 Basics" to mentally and physically prepare teen drivers for learning road skills and signs.  John owns and operates locations in Stuart, Florida and has recently opened a new office offering Driving Lessons in Tallahassee.

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