Allstate Reveals Top 15 Most Dangerous Texas Highways for Teens
The Allstate Corporation, the largest publicly held insurer in the U.S., is taking proactive measures this summer to help combat auto accidents and fatalities for Texas drivers, particularly teens. According to new data, vehicle collisions involving teenage drivers are higher during the summer months on certain Texas roadways than at any other time of the year. The “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers,” referencing the window of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when more teen fatalities occur, is the name of the initiative.
One Allstate agent points out that it’s because, “When school is out, more teens will be hitting the highways across the state.” By providing awareness about these statistics and giving helpful guidance to parents and teens, Allstate hopes more people will be vigilant of the roadways and road safety this summer season.
Texas’ 15 Deadliest Highways for Teens
Data compiled by the Texas Department of Transportation indicates that certain Texas highways are particularly hazardous for teens ages 15-19.
From 2006-2010, 15 different highways throughout the state of Texas have been identified as having the highest number of auto collisions.
I-45 in Harris County, Texas, ranked number one with over 3,000 motor vehicle crashes, I-10 in Harris County, Texas, was second in line with almost 2,000 accidents, and I-10 in Bexar County, Texas, ranked third with just over 1,700 teen driver crashes.
Others included I-35 in Travis County, Texas, I-635 in Dallas County, Texas, I-45 in Montgomery County, Texas, and I-35 in Bexar County, Texas. All of these highways reported 1,000 or more collisions during this time.
Allstate Recommended Safety Measures
Allstate is encouraging drivers remain attentive to a few measures in order to help mitigate teen auto collisions this summer including:
GDL awareness and support
According to Allstate, GDL’s (Graduated Driver Licensing programs) that put restrictions or stipulations for new drivers entering the roadways is the best way to reduce teen accidents. National statistics reveal that GDL’s have reduced crashes for 16 and 17-year-olds by 20-40 percent.
Luckily, the state of Texas has implemented GDL’s that, specifically, restrict teens’ under the age of 18 driving for the first 12 months after receiving their drivers’ license. Allstate encourages parents to review the state’s laws to obtain a better understanding. Parents can visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website for more information.
“X the TXT”
More and more data reveals that distracted driving actions like texting while driving causes accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 20 percent of vehicle accidents involved distracted driving in 2009.
Allstate is encouraging parents and teen drivers to talk about the dangers associated with cell phone usage while driving and “pledge not to text and drive.”
Parent-teen driver contract
Allstate is urging parents to discuss safe driving with their teens by reviewing the parent teen driving contract located on their website. The contract outlines a teen’s driving responsibilities and consequences associated with them. It also includes a signature and date section for both parents and teens to sign to signify the binding significance of the document.
According to a study conducted by the Allstate Foundation, 90 percent of teens surveyed indicated that their parents play a major part in influencing driving habits.
Sixteen-year-old drivers are four times more likely to get in auto accidents than older drivers. Allstate hopes this statistic will change through public awareness and proactive initiatives.