With the school year starting, Georgia’s roads will once again be full of teen drivers around school start and end times. How such drivers act behind the wheel matters greatly for their own safety, the safety of their classmates and the safety of other motorists.

Unfortunately, a recent survey points to unsafe driving being pretty common among teen drivers.

The survey was conducted between 2007 and 2016. During this period, the survey polled over 100,000 teen drivers on their driving behavior. These teens were from 11 states. Georgia was among these states.

Below are the percentages of the surveyed teen drivers who reported engaging in various types of unsafe driving conduct:

  • Texting or talking on the phone when driving – 35 percent
  • Speeding – 21 percent
  • Running a red light – 16 percent
  • Drinking and driving – Around 10 percent

Are teens simply not aware of the dangers of such activities? The survey results seem to point to this being unlikely. For example, the respondents commonly cited texting and talking on the phone as dangerous driving activities.

So, what do you think are the main factors in the apparent prevalence of unsafe driving among teen drivers? What do you think is the best way of addressing this issue?

Given the major consequences unsafe driving by teens can have, traffic safety can be an extremely important topic for Georgia parents to discuss with their teens, particularly with the school year starting. What steps would you recommend for Georgia parents for encouraging their teen drivers to act responsibly behind the wheel?