"I'm a good driver, not a safe driver"
Teens do not view "good" driving and "safe" driving as one and the same. Eighty-three percent of teens "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" that people can be skilled drivers, but not safe drivers. While 46 percent of male teens said they are "better drivers" than girls, only 22 percent said they were safer drivers.
"If I'm sober, I'm safe"
Teens rightfully believe drinking and driving is dangerous, but they tend to be less aware of more common causes of crashes. Drinking is a factor in 13 percent of crashes involving 16-year-olds. However, 75 percent of teen deaths on the road are due to speeding and driver error.
"Speeding is normal"
Despite the fact that almost half of all teen driving fatalities are caused by speeding, teens say speeding is part of their daily driving experience. Sixty-nine percent of teen drivers that speed said they do it to keep up with traffic. One-in-four self-identified aggressive teen drivers reported speeding by more than 20 miles over the limit.
Teens say they struggle with distractions while driving and admit to engaging in potentially risky behaviors. Forty-seven percent said passengers sometimes distract them. More than half (56 percent) make and answer phone calls while driving. Thirteen percent (about 1.6 million teens) drive while text messaging.
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