February 28, 2019
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Teens not getting the road safety message

Young Americans found to be over confident in their driving ability

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Just days after the release of concerning road crash statistics in the U.S. road safety advocates would likely be further disappointed by the results of a new survey of American teenagers.

The study was commissioned by communications giant, Verizon, and undertaken by KRC Research.

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Involving just over 1000 U.S. teenagers aged between 13 and 17 it was found that more than half (57%) believe that they are just as good at driving as their parent or guardian.

That’s despite nearly three in four (72%) admitted to having felt unsafe on the road.

Teen Confidence and Concerns Study – Key Findings:

  • 77% of the teens nominated getting into an accident as their No. 1 concern on the road
  • 51% wish they had learned more about how to drive safely in ice, snow and wet weather
  • 47% wish they had learned more about how to change a tyre
  • 44% wish they knew how to jump start a battery
  • 34% wish they had learned more about how to handle distractions in the car while driving
  • 57% would prefer to learn driving skills from someone other than their parent or guardian

And it was interesting to see what scared the youngsters on the roads - 77% said their main concern was having an accident.

53% nominated aggressive drivers as their biggest fear, followed by getting a speeding ticket (42%) and running out of fuel (37%).

While when it came to driver distraction and technology use, the study determined that 82% of the teen felt technologies like blind spot detectors, reverse cameras and traffic alerts have helped them improve their driving.

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About Simon Lai 1426 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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