Manitoba teen drivers' behaviours are at the forefront of road safety as National Teen Driver Safety Week which begins Monday (Oct 16).
According to Manitoba Public Insurance, over the last decade, teen drivers have been involved in 10 per-cent of fatal crashes and eight per-cent of injury crashes.
National Teen Driver Safety Week, organized by Parachute Canada, is a good time for all teen drivers in the province to evaluate their driving behaviours and work on reducing teen driver involvement in collisions.
Other collision involvement rate statistics involving Manitoba teen drivers include:
- They are 3.1 times more likely to follow too closely than drivers aged 45 and older
- They are 3.5 times more likely to speed than drivers aged 45 and older
- They are 3.6 times more likely to lose control/drive off-road than drivers aged 45 and older
- They are 10.2 times more likely to experience Extreme fatigue or fall asleep behind the wheel than drivers aged 45 and older
- They are 3.6 times more likely to drive impaired than drivers aged 45 and older
Meanwhile, MPI's Driver Education Driver Z program, now in its second year, focuses on safety. The high school program consists of interactive e-lessons, and includes videos and quizzes to test theoretical knowledge as students' progress through their learning. MPI's Driver Z application also includes a resource library that includes the full series of procedural videos, practice routes, a practice driving log, among other features that enable a better experience for students and their team of driving coaches who are so important in their learning throughout the program.