According to the National Safety Council, more teens die in car crashes than in suicides and homicides combined. However, car crashes among teens are preventable, and parents play an important role in making sure that their teenage children will not be part of this statistic. Here are some facts about teen driving:
- The most dangerous time in a teen driver’s life is the first 12 months of independent driving.
- Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced.
- Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen before midnight.
- Teens really do learn to drive from watching their parents’ safe driving.
- More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
Watch the video below and answer the questions that follow.
In your science notebook, answer the following questions.
- What are some of the differences that you noticed between the two car crashes shown in the video?
- What safety features of the car were utilized before and during the crash?
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