How safe is teen driving in Ohio? Our state is the 32nd riskiest for teen drivers and is 30 percent more risky compared to the national death rate for adult drivers.
Erie Insurance analyzed fatal traffic accident data from 2006-2010 to determine which states are the safest and which are the most dangerous for teen drivers.
The research shows that Ohio's deadliest month for teen accidents is July, while the deadliest day of the week is Saturday.
Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States with the fatal crash rate for those 16-19 years old is nearly three times the rate for drivers 20 and older.
The national death rate for adult drivers is 11.3 deaths per 100,000 people. When a teen is driving, the national death rate jumps to 16.2.
As a result of these findings, a new program -- Shift -- has been launched to push for teen safety behind the wheel. This program includes a contest for $20,000 in cash and prizes to teens and their schools for sharing a safe-driving message.
Erie Insurance tips for safe teen driving:
- Wear your seatbelt: Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use of any age group and failure to use a seatbelt is the main reasons teens die in a car crash.
- Focus on the road: You're four times more likely to get into an accident when using a cell phone. Any kind of distraction -- phone, food, etc. -- can spell disaster.
- Limit the number of passengers: Teens are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash with passengers in the car than without.