More progress required on US teenage driver safety

Report from Ford and the GHSA shows that older teenagers are still over represented in fatal accident statistics in the USA.

Ahead of the USA’s “National Teen Driver Safety Week”, which takes place from October 16th to 22nd, a new report shows that teenage drivers in the country are still 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than their adult counterparts and teenage-involved fatal crashes increased by 10% in 2015.

The report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) was funded by a grant from the Ford Motor Company fund and demonstrated that this latest trend is a set-back as progress has undoubtedly been made during the last decade in reducing traffic accidents involving teenage drivers in the USA.

In America, youngsters can begin their driving career as early as 15 and much of the progress in the last decade has related to the younger end of the teenage bracket whilst those aged 18 and 19 are still involved in larger numbers of accidents.

Commenting on the report, Jim Graham, Global Manager for the Ford Driving Skills for Life programme said, “This data shows that smart programmes like Driving Skills for Life focus on teenage driving behaviour and have been very successful in helping novice and younger drivers be safer on the roads.”

Ford and the GHSA were involved in creating the Driving Skills for Life programme 13 years ago and was designed to teach newly licensed teenagers and parents the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driving lessons. The basic premise behind Ford Driving Skills for Life is to provide a step in the learning process.

The programme has trained more than one million individuals in safe driving practices and is offered in 35 countries with hands-on driving clinics having been conducted in all 50 American states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

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