THERE WERE 793 PREVENTABLE DEATHS BETWEEN 1990 – 2016
In an overwhelming majority of child vehicular heatstroke deaths, it was an otherwise loving, responsible parent that unknowingly left the child.
- 55% Unknowingly left
- 28% Got in on their own
- 13% Knowingly left
- 4% Unknown
HEATSTROKE FACTS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Heatstroke is clinically defined as when a person’s temperature exceeds 104 °F and their abilty to regulate their body temperature is compromised.
- When a core body temperature of 107°F or greater is reached, cells are damaged and internal organs begin to shut down. These events can rapidly lead to death.
- A child’s body temperature rises at a rate three to five times faster than an adult’s.
- Dizziness, disorientation, agitation, Symptoms confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat and hallucinations.
From 1990-2016, 186 children were killed by over-powered air bags in the front passenger seat. During that same time-frame more than 793 children died in hot vehicles. Children can be unknowingly left behind in the back seat by even the most responsible parents and caregivers. Always remember to open the back car door after parking your vehicle and ‘Look Before You Lock’.
- CALL 911 if you see a child unattended in a car
- Use the resqme tool to apply pressure in the bottom corner of the window where the glass is the weakest. If you see a life in danger, check for an unlocked door. If none, BREAK THE WINDOW FURTHEST AWAY FROM THE CHILD (protect your hands and eyes).
- REMOVE THE CHILD FROM THE CAR
NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A VEHICLE. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Not even for a minute!
“LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK”
Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies. Make “Look Before you Lock” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
Place your handbag or cell phone in the backseat so you always open the backdoor to take it with you. Also, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the car, place it up front with you as a reminder.
CHECK THE POOL
If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.
LOCK YOUR CAR
Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
VEHICLE TEMPERATURE INCREASES RAPIDLY
When it is 70°F outside, it can be 125°F or more inside the car. The temperature may increase 20°F every 10 minutes!
resqme, Inc. is a proud partner of the non-profit organization KidsAndCars.org (KAC) dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles.
Every year an average of 37 children die from heatstroke inside of vehicles. Together we can help educate the public on the dangers of children and pets dying from situations just like these. Donate to their cause to help spread this education and make everyone aware of the dangers that exist. For more details visit KidsAndCars.org
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Did you know that in the world the children die from heat stroke while locked in a car?
In 2013 in the United States, 43 people, mostly young children died in the same conditions. And since early 2014, we already have 13 similar victims.
Tragedies caused by distraction or unconsciousness
However, since the beginning of 2014 , the resqme ® tool has demonstrated its usefulness in such cases, helping to save the lives of seven people, including six children rescued in dangerous situations : three in the United States, three in Israel and two in Malta.
Most cases have involved children left alone locked in vehicles under extreme heat. With the resqme tool in hand, rescuers, even good Samaritans intervened to get these young children out, breaking the side window of the car in which they had been forgotten.
Throughout the world, there is unfortunately not a year that passes without an incident where we hear of such tragedies caused by distraction or unconsciousness of some parents, having no idea of the risk they pose beings to their children and pets.
What is hyperthermia?
This is the local or overall temperature rise of the human body above the normal value (98 ° F ), due to the accumulation of exogenous heat .
In humans, there is a risk of irreversible brain damage or death, beyond 106.5 ° F.
The temperature rise in a vehicle interior has been the subject of many studies. It certainly depends on the outside temperature and the amount of sunshine, but also the color of the body and that of the interior.
Anyway , in direct sunlight, if the outside temperature is set at 80 ° F , the temperature inside a vehicle will average more than :
o 98.6 ° F after 10 minutes
o 107.6 ° F after 20 minutes
o 113 ° F after 30 minutes
o 116.6 ° F after 40 minutes
o 118.4 ° F after 50 minutes
o 122 ° F. After one hour
Note that a window ajar will not change the temperatures much!
resqme advice : Learn lifesaving
With over ten years of experience in the field of road safety, and in collaboration with world-renowned experts, the company believes ResQMe is useful today and has launched an alert towards the approach of summer, and wishes to provide tips and tricks to all motorists.
To avoid hyperthermia in a vehicle, two valuable pieces advice:
1 – NEVER LEAVE A CHILD unattended
2 – NEVER LEAVE AN ADULT without its remote for unlocking3 – ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION Under high heat, do not hesitate to approach the car to inquire about the status ofpeople or animals sitting confined inside.
When in doubt, immediately contact emergency assistance, and if their condition allows, help people or animals trapped in the car to get out, by the doors, tailgate or even sunroof.
Beware though: more and more models have deactivation system inside handles, while transforming the interior into a safe unescapable even by those who remained on board. It will be necessary to break a side window.
Featuring a built in striker hammer, a tool such as resqme ® “save me” is perfectly named . In addition, the blade also helps cut jammed seatbelts.
Most users of resqme consider it now as their guardian angel . They reassure themselves by thus keeping it at hand, always available on their keys orhanging on the sun visor or rear view mirror of their car.
Prevention is the cure! All professional experts in road safety advocate to bring such a survival tool, as resqme .
In addition, manufactured in the United States, this little tool is sold in 8 different colors, and is available on Amazon and Ace Harware for less than 10 Dollars.
What do you want to equip and to give to your loved ones?
The 1st Global Congress on “Women and Road Safety: Project for Society” will be held on March 8 & 9, 2014 at the Palais des Congrès, Skhirat, Rabat, Morocco.
Every day in Morocco and around the world, many people are killed or injured on the roads. Men, women and children who go to school or to work on foot or drivers never return home, leaving behind anguished families. Thousands of people each year spend long weeks in the hospital after a serious accident and many of them will never be able to live, work, or play as they once did.
Traffic accidents are a major public health problem worldwide, with adverse consequences on economic and social levels.
The risk of being killed in a traffic accident varies by age and sex and it is almost three times higher for men than women. However, according to the World Health Organization, the accidents are among the ten leading causes of death among teenagers and adult women.
In countries with high and middle income, accidents are the leading cause of death among the female population aged 10-44 years.
Considering the central and multifaceted role that women in society play as an active, constructive influence in their environment, the National Committee for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (CNPAC) and the National Union of Women of Morocco (UNFM), have organized the 1st World Congress on Women and Road Safety under the theme “Women and Road Safety: Project for Society.”
Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Conference is organized under the chairmanship of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the UNFM and to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014 in Rabat.
This global event is organized in collaboration with several international organizations concerned with the issues of road safety. In particular, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Road Safety Organization (PRI) , the Laser International Foundation and Laser Europe, the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) .
The Congress is also an opportunity to highlight the role of partnership with civil society around a national cause for the preservation of human life and the fight against road carnage.
This Global Congress will also provide an opportunity to remind the world the roles that women and civil society can play in the field of road safety and challenges of the future.
More than 300 delegates will take part in this event. They represent respectively: international organizations, governments, the business community, research institutes and the various components of civil society. A Declaration on Women and Road Safety called “Rabat Declaration” will be developed at the end of the work.
What to Keep In Your Car Emergency Kit
By Guest Author: Samuel Joyce
Drivers face a plethora of crisis every day. Traffic jams, rough weather, flat tires, dead batteries, stranded miles away from a gas station or eatery, in the middle of the night, overheated radiators and much more. Whether you are few hundred kilometers out of your hometown or on the other side of the country, your only immediate friend in crisis is an emergency kit. Always keep it stacked with all the necessary items that would help you come out of the difficult situations.Image via Flick User State Farm
Your car emergency kit should contain the following:
First Aid Kit
Must have of all is the first aid kit. Pack your first aid kit with all the essentials like latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, adhesive bandages- small and large, non-adhesive bandages, gauze, iodine, aspirin and medical tape.
Water-the elixir of life, is the most important item you should keep in your car. Never travel without it.
Keep emergency hammer like window breaker, seat belt cutter and fluorescent orange for signaling. Lug wrench, box cutter, screwdriver, are the basic tools that always need to be kept in the car. The kit should include jumper cables, a tire gauge, a fuel/fluid siphon and a couple of reflective triangles and flat road flares.
USB mobile device charger
The only connection between you and your family is a phone in crisis. A phone with a dead battery is useless. To avert such a situation, always keep a mobile device charger in your car.
Any emergency kit is incomplete without flashlights. In emergencies after dusk, if you are not able to search the things needed, then the entire stacking is pointless. Keep one flashlight with a strong beam. You can keep LED flashlights. They are cheap– two are enough. Always keep flashlight batteries in a jar outside the flashlight.
With smart phones in almost every pocket, road maps seem obsolete. However, what if you are stuck at a place outside the range of your GPS signal or the phone battery is dead. The GPS may also not help. At such places, only a road map or an atlas can help.
Carry a tire in a good condition assorted with a tire jack and tire iron. But, just keeping a tire is not sufficient. You must know how to change the tire as well.
Jumper cables are perfect to deal with a sudden breakdown of batteries. It will not provide a full charge but would be enough to get back home or a service station nearby.
Remember, if the battery is in a bad shape, visit a mechanic or auto parts store with a certified battery charger. You can also exercise the option of mobile car battery replacement which is available everywhere these days, whether you are in Melbourne, Johannesburg or Colorado. They repair and replace your alternator or starter motor. By keeping jumper cables, you can assist a stranded fellow as well.
If you are a victim of tire blowout stranded in the darkness or in low visibility conditions. Convey your distress to the passing vehicles by lighting roadside flares around the perimeter of the car or set-up reflective triangles.
Lighter or matches
It is wise to keep a pack of matches or a simple lighter in the emergency kit. With these, you can light a campfire or heat food or water or drive away the animals.
Keep a good supply of healthy snacks like nuts, muesli bars, dried fruits, wrapped energy bars in the car. These are useful even if you are not facing any crisis.
Keep spare clothes in the car. You might need them in sudden weather changes like rain or snow to layer up. Like clothes, keep extra blankets. They are the best means to keep you warm when the temperatures fall.
Pack your car emergency kit with all the above and have a safe drive!
Samuel Joyce is an automobile expert with keen interest in car safety. Safety while driving on the road is important and wheels, car battery and other parts also form an integral part of it. He has also given reviews for cheap car batteries Melbourne that have helped many to make the best choice when buying a car battery.
How to Handle Your Teenager’s First Car Accident
By Guest Author: Marie Sulenski
All parents worry about their teen drivers getting into a car accident. Joanne Helperin of Edmunds Inc. told Disney Family that, statistically speaking, there’s a good chance a teen driver will be involved in an accident during the first 12 months of driving. We’re not saying it’s going to happen… we’re just saying it could. Read this before it does:
Get More Involved
Take this step long before you hand your teenager the keys. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) told Forbes that parental involvement is the most critical factor in reducing the risk of accidents for teenagers. Teenagers who are given supportive yet direct rules regarding their driving are half as likely to get into a crash, and 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving.
Teach your teen safe driving habits and agree upon ground rules when he or she is behind the wheel. Driving-Tests.org offers a variety of resources, including a parent-teen driving contract you can print out. Use it as a guide to set rules, penalties and a mutual understanding of what is expected.
Parents should also take advantage of graduated driver licensing programs in their respective states. These enable teen drivers to gradually gain experience in different driving situations.
The first few moments when both parties exit their vehicles and begin communicating typically go a long way in determining the outcome of the incident. Remind your teenager: Less is more. The only information he is required to give the other party is insurance, driver’s license and contact information. Discussing the particulars of the accident itself is discouraged.
Your teen should never admit an accident was his fault, even if it seems obvious that it was. The admission can be used against him in administrative proceedings or court (if it gets that far). Instead, instruct him to use his smartphone to take several pictures of the scene. This includes photos of the damage both cars sustained, the interior of the car, the surrounding scene, etc. Many insurance providers now have accident apps that allow you to snap and upload photos directly to them.
The New Car
Hopefully the first accident your teenager is involved in is of the fender-bender variety. There will, of course, be cases in which the car is totaled or the repairs are so costly it makes more sense to get a new vehicle. Whether you will help pay for the new car is up to you, but this could be used as an incentive for safe driving. You could pay half of the monthly payment each month they go without an accident and moving violation. You could also pay for a less expensive car in cash and forgive portions of the payback from your teenager based on the same conditions.
Finally, Remember This
Accidents are going to happen with teenage drivers. Well-prepared, involved parents can mitigate the anxiety that comes with them. The most important thing is your teenager’s health and well-being. Remind him of this, too. Cars can be replaced; people can’t.
About the Author:
Marie is entertainment and lifestyle freelance writer who dreams of writing the next great American novel.
By Guest Author: Zoe Florence
Driver Safety Week is an important time to remember how crucial driver safety is to everyone on the road. However, aside from just reminding people about driver safety, drivers should also take the time to ensure they are safe out there on the roads. Many people die or get seriously injured from road accidents each year and so drivers everywhere should always keep the following things on mind when they go on the road.
We all know that we should never drive drunk, tired, or too fast. However, distractions can be just as bad while driving so it’s important that you remove all distractions while on the road. Put your phone on silent mode or turn it off completely. If you are on a long trip or you truly are waiting for an important call, then you should purchase a in-car phone system that can route phone calls to your car’s speaker system to keep your hands free. However, the best thing to do is still to remove all distractions and you should only use the phone in cases of extreme emergencies.
Wear Your Seatbelt
Studies have shown that wearing your seatbelt can prevent fatalities during car accidents. When worn correctly, this prevents the driver and passengers from flying through the windshield or being tossed around inside the vehicle. Even the most minor car collisions can cause the people inside the car to bump into the dashboard or side mirrors. So, buckle up before you start the motor – and tell your passengers the same too!
Keep a Safe Distance
Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely while on the road. You need time to react just in case the person in front of you stops all of a sudden. Different drivers have different reaction times so it’s hard to say exactly how far you should stay back, but a good rule of thumb is the three second rule. Basically, look for an stationary object on the side of the road. As soon as the car in front of you passes it, start counting. You should count to at least 3 before your car passes the same object.
Drive According to Weather
Driving in the summer and the spring can be a pleasant experience. However, when the winter months come, you need to start thinking about the way you drive. Snow and ice can cause your car to slip, so make sure you have more space in between you and the car in front of you. Fog and sleet can reduce visibility so make sure you go just below the speed limit to avoid accidents.
Maintain Your Car Properly
Car maintenance isn’t just about keeping your car in good shape, but it’s actually a safety issue too. You need to take your car in for regular inspections by a mechanic at an auto repair services shop. An auto repair services can help you keep your can in good shape. You should find a reliable and trusthworthy auto repair services shop in your area who will not only charge you a fair price, but have your safety in mind.
Image via Flickr User Sean Freese
Zoe Florence belongs to the world of automotive sales and management consulting. I am a typical introvert, writer, analyst, friendly web fanatic and a travel fan. I loved to share and gather important information on auto industry and auto repair services.
The resqme team supports all those experiencing difficult weather. Dominik Jung, a German meteorologist, explains that next winter will be abnormally cold, and so does American Joe Bastardi, who works for weather giant AccuWeather, and who explains that “it’s going to be very cold.” These forecasts are based on the calculation of climate indices showing that Arctic air masses will move to Europe. The abnormal cold is also determined by the Arctic oscillation–one of the main factors of influence on winter weather in the northern hemisphere.
Floods in Brittany, France: A state of natural disaster will be recognized for Brittany in France. Several Breton municipalities have feet of the water after the flooding of many rivers. New disturbances are expected in the coming weeks.
Storm of snow and freezing rain in Slovenia and Croatia: There are more than 200,000 homes without electricity due to a severe snowstorm and freezing rain that affected the Slovenia.
Snowstorm in the United States: 13 dead, at least 13 people killed in accidents related to the winter storm affecting the southern United States. In Alabama, five people killed in road accidents caused by the bad weather, while in Mississippi four people, including two children, killed in a fire after a heating problem. Four other people killed in road accidents in North Carolina and Georgia, where, between Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening of last week, there were more than 1,460 collisions and 175 people were injured.
Snowstorm in Romania: there are more than 100 national roads and highways that were closed to traffic due to a snowstorm affecting northeast Romania. Low temperatures and high winds have caused many difficulties in many cities of the country. Some 60 cars are remained blocked because of snow, in Calarasi and Uuziceni counties.
Powerful storm of hail in Lisbon: Lisbon, the capital of the Portugal, suffered a violent hail storm storm last Thursday. The hail that fell in the early hours of the morning left a thick white coat, giving the normally mild temperature of the town an aspect of a winter sports resort.
Heavy rains in the southeast of the Philippines: at least 13 people were killed and seven others went missing in the southern Philippines due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes. The floods have affected 132,000 people in 10 provinces.
Britain is facing the worst series of storms of the last 20 years: a new storm named Christina was approaching and the Meteorological Agency has had 73 alerts to flooding, and about 217 areas are on flood alert. After weeks of bad weather, water-saturated soils and rivers are in spate.
Cyclone Bejisa: end of red alert in the island of Réunion. 2 killed, 15 wounded. Cyclone away now from the Reunion Island, he was at 07 h 100 km in the South of the island.
Storm Dirk: one dead, one missing and more than 17,000 homes without electricity in Brittany: the storm Dirk that key Northern Europe currently has 944 hpa pressure at its center located Northwest of Scotland. High winds and heavy rains plan to touch the Atlantic coast, the channel, Belgium and Great Britain.
Bernd storm: thousands of homes without electricity in Ireland. Bernd storm which is located north of Britain with a pressure of 950 hpa, mainly affects Ireland, Scotland, Wales and West of England, with violent gusts of wind and heavy rain.
Rare snowfall in northern Vietnam: a cold wave hit many parts of East-Central and northeastern Asia, giving rise to intense snow falls, reaching even the North of Vietnam.
Rare snowfall in the Arabian desert: cold wave that hit Eastern Europe and the Middle East has caused significant snow falls in Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the overlapping of snow often exceeded 40 to 50 cm in some areas, with close overlapping of 80 cm at an altitude of 700 meters.
In drought, there’s good sources; in distress, good friends. We are counting on you to help people in difficulties no matter where you are in the world.
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Author: Sonia Colasse
World Cancer Day (February 4) is dedicated to awareness and education regarding cancer in the hope it can save lives and stimulate action. According to worldcancerday.org, it “is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease.”
Since 2009, resqme, Inc. has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to directly fund mammograms and research for the cure through the sale of its pink resqme tool.
The pink resqme tool not only helps fund breast cancer charities, it also increases the safety of motorists on the road in case of an emergency.
Consider the pink resqme tool on World Cancer Day and together we can save more lives.
Teen Car Insurance and Driver Safety Guide
By Guest Author: Kerry Blake
It’s a well known fact that teen drivers take more risks on the road than drivers over the age of twenty. But many people do not realize just to what extent teens have problems with driving safely, and what exactly can be done to reduce the problem. Besides the physical risks entailed by reckless driving, teens and their parents are often hit with higher insurance premiums. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to improve teen driving and reduce teen insurance premiums.
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Teens and Automobile Accidents: The Truth
It’s the shocking truth that according to CDC teens are 3 times more likely to get involved in fatal road accidents than drivers over the age of twenty. An explanation for this is that teen drivers simply do not have the requisite experience to drive safely.
High Risk = High Insurance Premiums
Due to the riskiness of insuring adolescent drivers, insurance companies charge much higher premiums for teenage drivers than they do to drivers 25 or older. Unfortunately, many parents are under the impression that there is little or nothing that they can do to lower their teens’ insurance premiums. This, fortunately, is not the case.
Lowering Teens’ Insurance Premiums
One possible way to lower a teen’s car insurance premium is to ask for a good student discount. Some insurers are willing to offer teenagers with a B average or higher insurance discounts they are not willing to offer mediocre or bad students.
Another way to possibly reduce a teen’s premium is to have him or her take a safety-focused driving course after passing his or her driving test. If the course is recognized by the car insurance company, they may be willing to offer some kind of discount. (Of course, different insurers have different policies, and not all are willing to offer any kind of discount.)
In the event that no discounts are available, it is a good idea for teens to consider buying a used car to help them and their families cut overall automobile expenses.
Helping Teen Drivers Develop into Safe Drivers
Becoming a safe, expert driver takes years of practice. Teens need all the help they can get in order to better develop their driving skills. Parents should provide advice and continued assistance as teens become more and more comfortable with driving on their own.
Naturally, at the same time, parents should avoid playing too dominant a role in teens’ driving education. Doing so may end up resulting in communication problems between parents and teens.
The single best way parents can help their teens develop into safe drivers (who will have substantially lower insurance premiums in the future) is to model good driving behaviors. Parents who fail to practice good driving habits cannot expect their older children to do anything but follow their bad example.
Being a good example is invariably more effective than lecturing. Parents should always be aware of their driving and what their teens might learn from their driving in order to encourage teens to establish good driving habits in the future.
Kerry Blake is a writer of technology and automotive articles. You can find Kerry contributing on several sites like King Of Fuel.
The Problem of Unsafe Driving Among Teens
As you can see from the data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the key contributing factor to fatal collisions with young drivers is speed. Over 35% of the accidents are caused by teenage drivers exceeding the posted speed limit.
|Cause of Accident||Percentage of Fatal Crashes|
|Alcohol and Drugs||
|Passing and Lane Changes||
|Wrong Side of the Road||
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (USA) 2012
The statistics are a great concern as they address a clear lack of judgment of the risk factors that multiply when driving at reckless speeds, but it also reflects an unfortunate overconfidence in the young driver’s abilities to manage the vehicle at a high speed. Their confidence that they will be able to react promptly as a driver causes a high mortality rate in motor vehicle accidents involving teens. And the data reflects that the speed of travel greatly exceeds the posted safe speed, which means that they aren’t just speeding “a little” they are making a dangerous choice that puts them (and other drivers and passengers) at great risk.
What is even more alarming is the fact that statistically, young drivers do not appear to learn from their mistakes. After a non-fatal collision dangerous young drivers are very likely to repeat the same risky behaviors that lead to the cause of their first accident. These dangerous drivers rather than being deterred by participating in a collision have a probability of a reoccurring serious accident according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
- Drivers with one prior crash have a subsequent crash rate of 1.5 times greater than drivers with no prior incidents.
- Drivers with three (3) prior crashes have a subsequent crash rate of 3.3 times greater than drivers with no prior incidents.
- Drivers with 6 or more prior neg-op points have a crash rate which is 2.5 times higher than young drivers with no prior accidents.
The data is alarming for both parents and lawmakers who struggle to educate young drivers on the very real risks of fatality or serious, lifetime injury such as cognitive or physical disability post-accident. Overcoming the obstacles to educating our young drivers is critical, and understanding what motivates them to make life threatening choices when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
Factors Which Contribute to Unsafe Driving
Why do young drivers make bad choices that put their safety (and the safety of others) at risk? There are a number of common factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents causing injury or even death for young drivers, who have a traffic accident rate that is higher than any other age group (drivers aged 16 to 19 years). These are some of the common factors.
- Poor hazard detection (the ability to gather information quickly and identify potential risks around them to avoid accidents). This perception comes with experience that young drivers have not acquired on the road.
- Hesitance to wear seatbelts contributes to serious injury during motor vehicle accidents for teens.
- Alcohol and drugs are a factor that impairs reaction time and judgment, increasing both the risk of an accident and the severity of injuries for the driver and passengers.
- Transporting passengers puts a young driver 3.6 times more likely to get into an accident due to distracted driving.
- The crash rate is three times higher for young drivers on the road after 9:00 p.m. Visual acuity for night driving may be poor, but alcohol and drugs are also a factor in late night accidents.
- Risk perception is low. Teens do not feel that they will get into an accident and they do not contemplate the probability of a serious life threatening injury, disability or even death.
For young drivers it can be a combination of many of these factors that puts them in the direct path of a motor vehicle accident. So what is being done and what can we do to educate them better and protect teens and other drivers from bad decisions that cost lives?
Why are teenage drivers so reluctant to evaluate the real danger when it comes to driving? Lawmakers have realized that in many cases where speed or distracted driving is a factor, there are other passengers in the vehicle which can contribute to poor decision making and dangerous distractions for the young and inexperienced driver.
Each of the fifty (50) States in the US have instituted a three-stage GDL system, although the terms and restrictions of the Graduated Drivers License vary by state as there is no Federal provision. One of the common restrictions for teen drivers is to restrict passengers by age; it reduces fatalities to limit the number of young passengers permitted in the car without adult supervision. More than 50% of the States limit young drivers to one (1) passenger under the age of 21 years.
For more information and a map of State laws pertaining to Graduated Drivers Licensing visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute website.
What Can Parents Do About It?
No one wants to discuss mortality, particularly with your children. But that hesitancy to discuss the consequences of certain actions and bad judgment puts young drivers at exceptional risk. They need to understand that there is more at risk in a car accident than a speeding ticket or raised insurance premiums. That they, and their friends and other drivers are all put into a dangerous situation any time bad choices are made behind the wheel.
- Insist on a formal driver’s education program for your teen. You can assist their progress and training by helping them and instructing them, but the best education comes from trained professionals who are skilled in communicating with young drivers. Choose a qualified and reputable education class for your teen.
- Sit down and show them the consequences of reckless driving. It may seem a little harsh or awkward but YouTube is a great source for videos on driver safety awareness. Let your teen see peers who have experience significant loss (injury or disability) as a result of bad choices.
- Limit access to vehicles until you are comfortable with the level of practical driving skills your teen has. In other words, a license does not mean automatic and unsupervised access to Mom or Dad’s car. It is earned when responsible driving skills are demonstrated over time.
Create an honest, non-lecturing and frank dialogue with your teenager about the risks for them, their friends and other drivers on the road with them.
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