Dangerous teen drivers
Nearly 70% of teen drivers have narrowly avoided an accident and blame the 'near miss' on other drivers or the weather.
Nearly half of the 2,294 young drivers questioned in the poll admitted a "near miss" had happened more than once and for 43% it had occurred multiple times during the last year.
"The high prevalence of distracted and dangerous driving continues to be a concern, especially as we head into the summer months when the highest number of driving fatalities occurs," said Stephen Wallace, the chairman of the organization Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), which conducted the survey with Liberty Mutual Insurance.
34% of the teens who had a "near miss" incident blamed it on other drivers, while 21% said it was due to the weather and 13 said they were text messaging.
Only 9% admitted they were speeding, 6% claimed they were distracted by other passengers and two percent said they were talking on a cellphone.
The study showed that the summer can be a particularly dangerous time for teen drivers because they spend more hours behind the wheel in warm months compared to the rest of the year.
"The crashes - too often with tragic results - naturally draw our attention and concern, but it's those brushes with danger that are even more prevalent that should serve as a wake-up call to any driver," said Dave Melton, managing director of global safety with Liberty Mutual.
Ironically, 92% of teens still consider themselves safe drivers and are only likely to change their driving habits if they are involved in an actual car crash, according to the survey.
Teenagers said New Year Eve's, the July 4th Independence Day holiday and prom night were the most dangerous times for driving.
"The seasonal events with the highest percentage of driving under the influence (of drugs or alcohol), as reported by teen drivers, are summer driving and New Year's Eve," the report said.
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