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Teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. About 963,000 drivers age 16-19 were involved in police-reported crashes in 2013, which is the most recent year of available data. These crashes resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths. 


• A total of 2,823 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. This is 68 percent fewer than in 1975 and 7 percent fewer than in 2011.

• About 2 out of every 3 teenagers killed in crashes in 2012 were males. Since 1975 teenage crash deaths have decreased more among males (72 percent) than among females (56 percent).

• In 2012, teenagers accounted for 8 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. They comprised 10 percent of passenger vehicle (cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans) occupant deaths among all ages, 6 percent of pedestrian deaths, 3 percent of motorcyclist deaths, 11 percent of bicyclist deaths and 13 percent of all-terrain vehicle rider deaths.

• Seventy-nine percent of teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2012 were passenger vehicle occupants. The others were pedestrians (10 percent), motorcyclists (5 percent), bicyclists (3 percent), riders of all-terrain vehicles (1 percent) and people in other kinds of vehicles (2 percent).

• In 2012, 60 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers.

• In 2012, June and July had the highest numbers of teenage crash deaths of any months

• Fifty-three percent of motor vehicle crash deaths among teenagers in 2012 occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

• Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2012 occurred most frequently from 9:00 p.m. to midnight (17 percent).

• In 2012, 54 percent of the deaths of teenage passengers in passenger vehicles occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 14 percent occurred when a teenager was driving.

• In 2012, belt use among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 (42 percent) was higher than among fatally injured drivers ages 20-29 (37 percent) but lower than among drivers 30 and older combined (49 percent). Among fatally injured 16-19 year-old occupants, belt use among passengers (30 percent) was considerably lower than among drivers (42 percent). Note that belt use among those fatally injured is not always accurately recorded, but it gives an indication of relative belt use rates in serious crashes by age group.

• Among passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 involved in fatal crashes in 2012, 48 percent were involved in single-vehicle crashes. This was higher than for drivers ages 25 and older (39 percent).

• Among fatally injured teenage drivers in 2012, females were less likely than males to have high BACs. Among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-17, 18 percent of males and 10 percent of females had BACs at or above 0.08 percent. Among fatally injured drivers ages 18-19, 30 percent of males and 17 percent of females had BACs at or above 0.08 percent.

• The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report in May 2012 that showed that the risk of 16- or 17-year old drivers being killed in a crash increases with each additional teenage passenger in the vehicle. The risk increases 44 percent with one passenger; it doubles with two passengers, and quadruples with three or more passengers. The study analyzed crash data and the number of miles driven by 16- and 17-year olds.

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Driving school doesn’t always sound like the most fun after-school activity, but if you’re getting ready to take your road test, you need to be prepared! At Bill’s Defensive Driving School, our patient, encouraging certified driving instructors are here to help you.

We have years of experience on the road and with teaching others how to be great drivers with our defensive driving techniques. Join us at our safe driving school today and see how we’re different! We’ll come to you anywhere in the  Bay Area.

Bill’s Defensive Driving School also offers our services to adults who want to receive a discount on their auto insurance, senior citizens who need to freshen up their skills, or those who would like to complete an online defensive driving course without the actual driving. Whatever you need to improve your skills on the road, we’ve got it! We’re not just going to get you to pass your test or get that extra discount; we’re going to make you an excellent, safe driver that anyone would be happy to catch a ride with. 
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Driver’s education is required for teen’s looking to apply for a permit, and can help anyone become a better driver. We offer an online driver’s education course so that you can learn everything you need to know in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, and on your own schedule. Call today for more on our online program!

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From teens learning to drive for the first time to senior citizens recovering from physical or cognitive impairments, our certified driving instructor can help ease stress and boost confidence behind the wheel. From more information on our teen driving or senior driving programs, contact us today.

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Our driving lessons are conducted in cars specially equipped with accelerator and brake controls on the instructor’s side, unlike other driving schools. (DMV only requires that training vehicles have a brake pedal.) This enables our instructors to actually drive the car, not just to stop it, providing a much safer experience for the student. We also train in full size vehicles, not compact cars.
We encourage parents and/or family members to ride along during driving lessons, although many other schools don’t allow it,This allows them the opportunity to watch how a professional instructor teaches, greatly improving their own ability to coach their son or daughter, or other family member in a much safer manner.
Just preparing the student to pass the driving test to get their driver’s license is not at all the sole focus of our lesson plan. We train our students in defensive driving techniques in a wide range of driving environments so that they will become capable, responsible, safe drivers. The skills acquired in this process though, almost inevitably result in the high success rate of our student’s passing their driver’s test the first time.

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