Why I Drive Smart
Importance of Driving Safety
At I Drive Smart, we believe in the power of prevention. The statistics about driving are sobering. It's scary out there!
Here are a few statistics that we aim to change with our superior training:
- One in five teenage drivers has a crash in their first year of driving.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds, accounting for more than 40% of fatalities.
- Nearly half of the fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers were single vehicle crashes.
- 25% of 15- to 20-year-old drivers who were killed in crashes in 2001 were considered intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater.
- For the teenage driver, the presence of one passenger almost doubles the risk of a fatal crash, compared to driving alone. With two or more passengers, the fatal crash risk is five times as high as driving alone.
- In 2007, 196,000 older individuals were injured in traffic crashes, accounting for 8% of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. These older individuals made up 14% of all traffic fatalities, 14% of all vehicle occupant fatalities, and 19% of all pedestrian fatalities.
- Most traffic fatalities involving older drivers in 2007 occurred during the daytime (79%), on weekdays (72%) and involved other vehicles 71%.
Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Statistics are nationwide.