According to a recent study conducted by Penn Schoen Berland and commissioned by Ford, the summer months are the most dangerous for teen drivers.
In addition, the survey polled teen drivers and parents, revealing some surprising results between the two driving groups. Of the 500 teens and 500 parents surveyed, 66 percent of the teens and 58 percent of the parents believed that the winter season was the most dangerous; but according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 358 teen driver fatalities during the summer of 2011 compared to 271 teen driver fatalities during the winter.
As for the growing concern of distracted driving, the survey reveals that teens are engaging in several distracting activities while driving including 62 percent being distracted by others in the car, 61 percent admitting to eating or drinking while driving, 42 percent of teens admitting they turn up the radio so loud that they can’t hear nearby vehicles, and 51 percent saying they listen to an iPod or MP3 player while driving.
On the contrast, only 26 percent of the parents surveyed used a device to enforce driving rules or restrict cell phone use for teens while they are driving.
Ford is looking to reinforce safety with teen drivers with its Ford Driving Skills for Life program, which will double its number of students this year to approximately 40,000. The program will visit at least 40 high schools in Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia where teens will experience real-world driving situations in a controlled environment with specially equipped vehicles.
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