Allstate posted the results of their 'Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots' study last week where they list the ten deadliest and the ten safest metro areas for teen driving during the Thanksgiving to New Years holiday season, based on data from 2000 to 2007. They found the top 3 deadliest metro areas to all be in Florida: Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando areas; whereas the safest was Salt Lake City, UT. For a breakdown of all 50 metro areas, go here and click the Excel file 'Holiday_Teen_Driving_Stats.xls.
As a follow-up from my October post, Keeping Tabs on Teenage Drivers, I thought you might find the 'Parent-Teen Driving Contract' posted by Allstate especially interesting. This is part of Allstate's national Home for the Holidays public awareness campaign and another way to talk to your teen about safe driving. The contract gives good statistics like the fact that 16-year olds have crash rates that are three times greater than 17-year olds, and five times greater than 18-year olds. It gives other statistics regarding fatalities in relation to speeding, time of day, having passengers in the vehicle, seat belt usage, and cell phone usage. In each section of the contract, the parent and teen can come to an agreement on how they would like to proceed, and what the consequences will be if the agreement is not followed. I think that even if the contract isn't filled out, going over this information with your teen will leave a lasting impression.
Shops - Jason Stahl from the BodyShop Business Blog posted a good idea on helping a teenager and their parents through their first collision. Check it out!
We hope you all have a safe holiday driving season.