How to avoid traffic crashes
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for those between the ages of 16 and 24, and the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in all age groups. Nearly 6,000 teens die and more than 325,000 are seriously injured in traffic accidents each year. Approximately one in five new teenage drivers will be involved in a crash within the first year of becoming a licensed driver. Improving driving skills especially for young drivers may be the key to fewer deaths and injuries. Shriners Hospitals for Children is committed to raising awareness to help prevent spinal cord injuries. Being aware of the risk factors that typically cause a motor vehicle crash may lessen the likelihood of these incidents occurring.
Being aware of tips for safe driving — and reinforcing them for young drivers — may also lessen the risk of motor vehicle crashes and spinal cord injury.
Tips for driving: Give driving your full attention. Follow the rules of the road and obey speed limits. Always wear a seat belt.
Distractions include: texting or reading; talking on the phone, including using a headset; arguing; alcohol or other drugs.