Teenagers are often eager and excited to get their driver’s licenses. However, not many of them are aware that teen drivers often face, and create, more risks than adult drivers.
Drinking and driving
Although driving under the influence is a problem that adults struggle with, it is an even bigger issue for teenagers. For one, their brains are still developing, and they are more likely to take risks. Secondly, they often lack the experience to know how to handle themselves or their car in tricky situations. Lastly, they are more likely to be under peer pressure to drink and drive. All of these factors together make for a very dangerous combination.
Another big risk for teenage drivers is distracted driving. This can mean anything from texting while driving, to changing the music and talking with passengers. All of these things take away from the driver’s focus on the road, and increase the chances of a motor vehicle accident happening.
There are many reasons why teenage drivers might speed. They might be trying to impress their friends, or they might be late for something and in a hurry. Sometimes, they might not even realize they are going over the speed limit. Whatever the reason, speeding can make it difficult to react to sudden changes in traffic and can increase the severity of an accident and injuries if one does occur.
Many teenagers have busy schedules with school, extracurricular activities and part-time jobs. When you combine this with a lack of sleep, it can lead to fatigue while driving. This can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence because it can make it difficult to focus on the road and react to changes in traffic.
The best way for teenage drivers to avoid these risks is to be aware of them. They should make sure to get plenty of sleep before driving, and avoid drinking any alcohol or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel. They should also put away any distractions, and focus on the road. Lastly, they should obey the speed limit and drive at a speed that they’re comfortable with.