Teen drivers are involved in accidents and suffer serious injuries and death at a much greater rate than most motorists, making National Teen Driver Safety Week an important one, according to California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.
“Too many Californians die every year because of auto accidents. I can’t emphasize strongly enough how important it is for all drivers – especially teenagers – to purchase and maintain proper auto insurance coverage,” says Poizner.
California’s teenage drivers have a number of ways they can both stay safe and realize possible savings on their auto insurance, the commissioner says. Obeying common-sense safety precautions – like wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit at all times, and never getting into a car with a drunk driver – can limit exposure to auto accidents, Poizner says.
Despite the still-heavy emphasis on crashes and deaths among teen drivers, the news is not all bad. Recently released statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that fatalities among this age group are trending downward.