School is officially back in session in Miami-Dade County. High school students who worked hard to get their driver’s license naturally want to get off the school bus and drive themselves to school. Being able to drive is a right of passage and a sign of independence and self-reliance. It can be exciting for students – but it can also be terrifying for parents!
According to the National Safety Council, auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. The first year and the first 1,000 miles that an inexperienced driver is on the road are the riskiest. Drivers aged 16 -19 years are four times more likely to get into a serious accident while driving than drivers aged 35 -54. The cost of crashes involving teen drivers is approximately 27 billion dollars annually.
Not only young drivers are at risk, but their passengers are also in danger. South Florida teens and parents may think that carpooling to school in order to save money sounds like a really great idea. The more passengers that are in the car with a teen driver behind the wheel, the greater the risk of getting into an accident.