Teen Drinking and Driving – A Dangerous Mix
Car crashes—the #1 killer of teens—take about 3,000 young lives every year. As a parent, you should know that the main cause of teen crashes is driver inexperience. All new drivers—even high academic achievers and "good kids"—are more likely than experienced drivers to be involved in a fatal crash. It's a fact.
Teen drivers are three times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens.
As a parent, you have the greatest influence over your teen's behavior. In fact, leading experts believe parents play a key role in preventing teen car crashes and deaths. Here’s what you can do:
The good news is that you can make a difference by getting involved with your teen's driving. Learn about the most dangerous driving situations for your young driver—and how to avoid them. Get your copy of CDC's parent-teen driving agreement and learn more about safe teen driving at www.cdc.gov/ParentsAreTheKey.