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Teenage driving tips and statistics

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00 AM

Being a teenager opens the door for many milestones in your life. Becoming a licensed driver is one of those big moments; but did you know that in 2011 there were 2,158 vehicular accidents in Canada causing death? 

From that figure, young drivers between the ages of 15 to 24 accounted for 480 of those accidents.

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Young/Novice drivers collision statistics 

Courtesy: Transport Canada

Learning the basics of safe driving is the first step to becoming a good teenage driver.

There are many factors that can prevent you from staying focused on the road. Distractions like talking and texting on a mobile device, driving with a car full of friends, and driving while under the influence are just a few examples

Check out this informative infographic from StateFarm:

... And this PSA by Toyota on distracted driving:

According to “Safe Teen Driver,” a website dedicated to helping teens become safe drivers, there are a few simple rules to follow to ensure safe driving habits.

  1. Always obey the rules of the roads/highways and use common sense
  2. Do not speed, follow the marked speed limits. If in doubt never go over 50km/h
  3. Be courteous to other drivers and share the road
  4. Turn off your cell phone when driving, or put it somewhere out of your view
  5. Do not drive under the influence
  6. Limit the number of drivers, too many riders will cause distractions as a novice driver

If you are the parent of a new driver, here are a few things you can also do to ensure good driving skills.

  1. Research and find a good driving school that also teaches defensive driving techniques
  2. Spend extra time with your young driver, giving lessons
  3. Teach your child the importance of routine car maintenance
  4. Spend extra time going over the rules of the roads
  5. Make sure your child’s car meets all safety standards

Source: healthychildren.org

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Enjoy becoming a new driver! Here’s a quick and fun way to test your skills before you actually head out onto the roads.

You can learn more about safe driving right from the comfort of your own home. Visit the Head's Up driving game to learn more.

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