Teen Driving Dangers

If you have teenagers that drive, you are constantly in a state of worry and in some cases it is justified. The fact is that there are dangers on the roads especially for teenage drivers as research has shown that the area of their brains controlling actions has not yet matured. Accompany that with their raging hormones and it adds to bad behaviours. Each year 5,000 teens aged 16-20 die in fatal car accidents. Among those 400,000 aged 16-20 will be seriously injured. The risk for a crash is higher during the first year of driving among teenagers. This simply because they just don’t have the experience behind the wheel.

One of the main driving dangers for teens is texting while driving.

Cell phone users are four times as likely to get into serious crashes.

Another big danger is speeding over the posted limit.

Teenagers need to be aware that speeding means more than fines. It can mean higher insurance, licence suspensions or loss of licence and fatal accidents. Many accidents occur when teen drivers have other teen passengers in the vehicle. Statistics show that the number of teens increases the chance of a crash. It is wise for parents to limit the number of people in the car when your teen first starts to drive.

Another huge risk is driving drunk.

In 2007, more than one in four crashes was because of intoxication. Being a teen comes with a certain sense of bravado, so many feel they don’t need seatbelts.

However, seatbelts are critical in saving lives and avoiding injuries. Studies have shown that 55 percent of teenagers killed in crashes were not wearing their seatbelts. To increase seatbelt usage the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is thinking about adding a seatbelt provision to graduated licensing. Graduated licensing has a number of measures that are effective in training young drivers to change their behaviours. In places like Ontario, Canada and New Zealand crash deaths and injuries have been significantly reduced. In Maryland and California they have night-time driving restrictions which have reduced fatal crashed and traffic violations. Graduated licensing comes in three stages and then you get your full driving privileges.
If you restrict when teenagers drive, with whom they can gain experience and control and have less dangers. This gives the teenager time to mature before they get their full driving licence. Another teen driving danger is drowsiness behind the wheel. Many car accidents are linked to early high school times. The fact is that many teenagers like to stay up later at night and then sleep in the next morning. This means that a whopping 80 percent of teens sleep less than the recommended nine hours and can feel akin to jet lag. If teens and parents want to avoid driving dangers then teens need to keep on a schedule and be home at an appropriate time at night. This way they will get the right amount of sleep and avoid falling asleep behind the wheel.

About the Author:
Andrei Zakhareuski is the founder of Find-a-driving-school.ca. He has been writing for beginner Canadian drivers for several years.
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