Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has been a recipient of this award in 2007, 2009, and 2011
Risk taking/decision making: teens take more risks when driving due to their overconfidence in their driving abilities. Young drivers are more likely to engage in “risky behaviours” like speeding, tailgating, running red lights, violating traffic signs and passing dangerously.
Poor hazard detection: the ability to detect hazards when driving depends upon perceptual and information-gathering skills. It takes time to develop these skills.
Low risk perception: this means the ability to assess the degree of threat posed by a hazard and your ability to deal with it. Young new drivers tend to underestimate the crash risk in hazardous situations and overestimate their ability to avoid the treat.
Lack of skill: It takes time to master basic vehicle handling skills
Carrying passengers: For teenagers, the risk of being in a crash increases when they have passengers-the fatality rate for drivers aged 16-17 years is 3.6 times higher than if they were driving alone. Passengers can distract the driver and encourage them to take more risks – especially young males riding with male drivers
Not wearing seatbelts: Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use
Stop Distracted Driving! Pay Attention to the Road!