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Study finds 1 in 4 teens are afraid of driving

Teen driver looking at phone
A new survey finds nearly 25% of unlicensed teenagers are too frightened to drive – and statistics show they have good reasons. Why are they afraid? The survey provides some answers.

Too afraid to get behind the wheel

According to a new report by The Zebra, 40.2% of teens believe driving is scary, and 23% of unlicensed teens say fear is a major reason they have decided not to drive.

A breakdown finds teens who think driving is frightening includes:

  • 33.3% of boys
  • 46.3% of girls
  • 16.9% of unlicensed boys
  • 25.7% of unlicensed girls
  • 51.4% of urban teens
  • 35.3% of suburban teens
  • 35.1% of rural teens

Parental attitudes may be having an impact on teens, according to the report. While 25.4% of adults think driving is scary and 58% said they are frightened by the idea of their own teens driving, only 12.5% of parents of non-driving teens cite fear as a factor in their child’s reluctance to obtain a license. Parents apparently are unaware of how their own worries influence the concerns of their children.

Parents can counter the fears by talking to their teens about driving, implementing a driving education program, re-enforcing state laws that place limits on teen driving to prevent risky behavior, and selecting a bigger, heavier vehicle that will keep their teen safe in case of a car accident.

Facts – and distractions – behind the fears

The frightened teens have reason to worry. Statistics show teenagers are the most dangerous drivers, nearly three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than older drivers. In 60% of accidents caused by teens, one of the leading factors was distracted driving, often caused by having other passengers in the vehicle or by the driver using a cell phone.

Because teens are a high-risk group behind the wheel, Pennsylvania has a Graduated Driving License (GDL) for teen drivers. Under the program, young drivers first must obtain a learner’s permit. They must meet its requirements before obtaining a provisional license that allows limited unsupervised driving. Among the restrictions are no driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., and the number of passengers the teenager is allowed to have while driving.

Overall, the GDL program is designed to gradually introduce teens to different driving scenarios. Unfortunately, it cannot stop teens who are determined to take distracted driving risks because of their lack of experience or overconfidence. While texting is illegal in the state, talking on a phone is not – increasing the temptation for young drivers.

When you're injured, Hanamirian is here to help

If you’ve been injured in a Philadelphia-area collision with a teen driver, statistics show it likely was their fault. They may have been engaged in distracted driving behavior. Proving such behavior is difficult, though, because they are unlikely to admit it. In fact, they probably will find some reason to blame you for the crash. Depending on the seriousness of your injuries, you may be out of work and unable to support your family, adding more stress to the situation. An insurance company, sensing your distress, might try to trick you into accepting a settlement offer that comes nowhere close to covering your current and future expenses.

At The Hanamirian Firm, PC in Philadelphia, attorney Michael Hanamirian has dedicated his career to helping injured people like you since 1987. An experienced car accident lawyer, Michael is known for providing personalized attention and guiding clients through every step of the legal process. Let our law firm aggressively pursue justice and fight for the compensation you deserve while you focus on healing and putting your life back together.

Contact us today for a free case consultation. It would be our honor to speak with you about your potential legal case.

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