A print advertisement placed by Allstate in newspapers takes information from The Allstate Foundation Report on Teen Driving, 2005, and puts it in a form called “Parent-Teen Driving Contract”. The contract lists several topics with corresponding statistics from the Report. For each topic, there is a blank space for “Agreement” to be filled in, and another blank space for “Consequences” to be filled in. At the bottom of the contract is a space for the Teen Driver’s signature, and another for the Parent/Guardian signature. An interactive contract can be downloaded from the Internet.
The topics and their corresponding statistics include the following:
Speeding and Tickets – In 2005, speed-related crashes accounted for 44% of fatalities among 15-20 year olds;
Crashes – Sixteen-year-old drivers have crash rates that are three times greater than 17-year old drivers and five times greater than 18-year old drivers;
Drinking and Driving – In 2005, drunk driving caused one of every four fatal teen crashes;
Cell Phones, Music, Other Distractions – Talking on a cell phone while driving gives you the reaction time of a 70-year old;
Time of Day – Half the teens that died in car crashes in 2005 were killed between 3 P.M. and midnight.
Number of Passengers – The presence of just one more male teen in a car doubles the chance of a fatal crash;
Seatbelts – Using lap/shoulder belts can reduce the risk of dying in a car crash by 45%;
Grades – Good grades are important for a teen’s future. Consider ways to link driving privileges to good grades.
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