Study highlights risks of US teenage drivers carrying other teens
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
A new study carried out in the US reveals that teenaged drivers taking other teenagers as passengers have a higher fatality risk. The study used national fatality statistics data and was carried out by the American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety. It revealed that teenagers sharing a ride with other teenagers have a higher chance of getting killed in a car crash depending on the number of passengers in the car. If a teenage passenger hitches a ride with a 16- of 17-year-old driver, the chances of either getting killed in a crash rises by nearly 50%. The risk will increase by a further two times if two teenage passengers hitch a ride with the same driver. If three or more teenage passengers hitch a ride with the same driver, the chances of them getting killed in a crash increases by a factor of four times. The study shows the increased risks of driving with other teenagers in the car for the first time in 10 years.