Injury- Teen Drivers and Pickups

A recent study shows Teens and pickups doubles the increase for injury. The research included data from approximately 7,000 collisions nationwide from 2005 to 2007.

The study revealed teenagers driving pickups are twice as likely to experience severe injuries in a collision as those driving other types of vehicles, including sport utility vehicles.

The reason for this finding:
“For one, the study found – and this will surprise no one – that teen drivers, in general, are more accident-prone and inclined to drive aggressively. Also, auto and insurance experts say, pickups typically increase aggressive driving behaviors.

Put the two factors together, and you’ve got trouble.

On top of that, pickups generally don’t fare as well as other vehicles in crash tests, have a high rollover frequency and are more difficult to control and correct, translating into more severe injuries when accidents do happen.” Dallas Morning News, November 21, 2010.

According to the author of the study, parents should think twice before placing their teens in pickups. “The sensation-seeking, risk-seeking, adventure-seeking behaviors enhance when pickups are in the hands of teenagers, which leads to more aggressive driving,” he said.