You Can Help Your Teen
While talking or texting on a cell phone are well-documented driving distractions, one of the most dangerous hazards a teen driver faces is often overlooked—peer passengers. Two or more peer passengers more than triples the risk of a fatal crash when a teen is behind the wheel. New CHOP research also found that teen drivers with peer passengers were more likely to be distracted just before a serious crash than teens driving alone. Among the teens who said they were distracted by something inside the vehicle before crashing, 71 percent of males and 47 percent of females said they were distracted directly by the actions of their passengers. Males that drove their friends were almost six times more likely to perform an illegal maneuver and more than twice as likely to drive aggressively just before a crash than when driving solo. Females rarely drove aggressively before a crash, regardless of whether they had passengers in the car.