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  1. Teens &The Vehicles They Drive

  2. The Connecticut Post April 4, 2008 Statement from a student who attended a traffic safety assembly at her high school and knew one of the teens recently killed in a car crash in this state: “It’s kind of becoming real.”

  3. Teen Crashes: All too real… All too numerous…

  4. Accountability in Vehicles for Teens

  5. Accountability in Vehicles for Teens • The best car for a teen is no car

  6. Accountability in Vehicles for Teens • The best car for a teen is no car • Average teen has a 40 percent crash or major incident risk in first year • Risk nearly doubles when teen has own car

  7. Accountability in Vehicles for Teens Teen really needs a car? Think low… Low center of gravity Low power Limit performance…

  8. Accountability in Vehicles for Teens Teen needs a car? Limit performance and height… • Of recent crash deaths, • 2/3 have been in high performance cars • 1/6 have been in truck-based vehicles

  9. Accountability in Vehicles for Teens High performance = high risk Subaru WRX 235 HP Nissan 350Z 306 HP Ford Mustang GT 300 HP

  10. Accountability in Vehicles for Teens High performance = high risk Subaru WRX 235 HP 13 pounds per horsepower Nissan 350Z 306 HP 10.9 pounds per horsepower Ford Mustang GT 300 HP 11.2 pounds per horsepower

  11. Weight/Power Ratio 15 or higher is the magic number

  12. To Compute… Vehicle weight/Vehicle HP equals Lbs/HP 15 or higher for beginning drivers

  13. Watch for Ringers Honda Civic LX has a rating of 18.6 (2,600 lbs/140 HP) Honda Civic Si has a rating of 13.2 (2,600 lbs/197 HP)

  14. Avoid SUVs SUVs (except for the largest) have a death rate 2.2 times that of sedans with comparable weight… (IIHS)

  15. Remember Teen Development • Last aspects of brain to develop control: Judgment Self Control Should parents give high performance vehicles to drivers with limited self control?

  16. Teen Advantages Fastest reflexes Sharpest vision and hearing

  17. Teen Advantages Fastest reflexes But – no experience and little practice Sharpest vision and hearing But – often look in the wrong places

  18. Performance and Inexperience Don’t Mix • Performance vehicles, by their very nature, put a premium on having quick reflexes that allow the driver to take appropriate actions • Teens, due to their lack of experience, are poor choices to make those appropriate responses

  19. Think Safety Devices • Seatbelts • Front airbags • Side airbags (thorax and head protection) • Stability control • Brake assist • Traction control • Park assist/backup camera

  20. My Teen Is Bright Intelligence and high level skills in other pursuits do not automatically transfer to driving

  21. Remember • It takes five years for a new driver to acquire the skills of an average driver. • It is a process that can’t be rushed.