Speeding still a major problem for teen drivers

June 25, 2013 12:00 AM

Although a lot of focus has been placed on distracted driving recently, speeding still remains a major concern for motorists - especially teen drivers. In fact, about one-third of fatal crashes among young drivers involve speeding, according to a new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association. 

The study also found that, while the total number of teen crashes has gone down in the past 10 years, cases that had speeding as a contributing factor have increased. Programs like the graduated driver licensing setup has the potential to cut down on the instances of speeding, but more states need to embrace them before a widespread change can take place. 

"Curbing teen speeding is vital since no other age group has a higher crash risk," said Dr. Susan Ferguson, the author of the report. "... Unless speeding is recognized as a dangerous behavior, much the same as drunk driving, addressing it will be difficult." 

Teaching young drivers to follow the rules of the road is incredibly important, but you should also be sure to have all safety features of a vehicle checked out during a car tune up to ensure you are prepared should an accident happen. 

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