Every year about 6,000 teenagers, aged sixteen through twenty, die in motor vehicle accidents. According to Allstate Insurance spokeswoman Megan Brunet, of those 6,000 deaths, eighty-seven percent of them are caused by driving distractions. There are many different types of driving distractions and they can all be categorized into three main subgroups; visual, which would be taking your eyes off the road, manual, would be taking your hands off the wheel and cognitive, which is taking your mind off what you are doing. Some examples of distractions that a driver will encounter would be using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming themselves or using a navigation system and music player in the vehicle all while driving. These are just a few of many things that can cause a driver to be less aware of his or her surroundings and slow their reaction time. Those are two of the most important skills needed to safely operate a vehicle.
Driving distractions are not the only variables that cause motor vehicle accidents. Many drivers today, especially young drivers, are very reckless behind the wheel. They don’t obey traffic laws, and for lack of a better term, drive like “ass holes.” Many of them get what I call the “need for speed.” Speeding is definitely an exhilarating feeling and for some people it gives them a “rush” or a feeling of euphoria. For these people its much like a high from a drug and their drug is traveling at high rates of speed. If you have ever been in a car on the highway that gets up to and over 100 miles per hour, you will know what I’m talking about when I say its definitely an exhilarating feeling. Speed is just one of the many hazardous driving habits that plagues many young drivers today. The other two main causes of series auto accidents are road rage and driving impaired, either alcohol or drug related. If we were able to limit distractions while driving and educate youths on dangerous driving behaviors, there...
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