A recent report highlighted teen drivers’ critical errors that are often one of the last in a chain of events leading up to a crash. Seventy-five percent of these crashes were due a critical teen driver error, with three common errors— lack of scanning to detect and respond to hazards, going too fast for road conditions and being distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle—accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes.
However, a new study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) indicates teens won’t admit to being at fault. The study reveals an alarmingly high number of young drivers who have had "near misses" while driving and some insight into what may be chief contributors to those events, despite what the teens think. According to the study, 68% of teens admit to have narrowly avoided a crash—with more than half of those (56%) reporting multiple instances—yet young drivers are more apt to blame external causes such as other drivers or the weather rather than owning up to any personal responsibility in the near-miss.
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