Ford's Auto Accident Safety Survey

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Ford Survey: Parents Say They Drive Safely but Teens Observe Troubling Risks
  • Nearly all (95 percent) parents believe they're safe drivers yet 82 percent of teens report seeing their parents be careless when driving.
  • More than three quarters of tweens say they will rely heavily on their parents' advice when they start to drive. A nationally renowned family psychologist says parents can have a positive impact by serving as role models and discussing safe driving practices with their children.
  • Ford expands award-winning teen safe driving programs as 25 percent of teens say they have had no formal driver education training and 83 percent of parents who have seen cutbacks in such programs express concern.
  • Federal statistics show motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
Fact Sheet: 2011 Ford Safe Driving Survey

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