In the article, “Teen Driving,” it is stated that “A disproportionate number of teens die in motor-vehicle accidents each year, although they make up just under 7% of Americans who drive, teens account for 14% of all driving fatalities.” (pg.1). Teen driving has become a dangerous issue among adolescents and young adults in the recent years. In which, the youngest drivers are dying more frequently than ever before. Also in the article, “Teen Driving,” it is asserted by many traffic-safety advocates that “even in states with graduated licensing programs, young people are getting their licenses without proper preparation” (pg.4). In which, many states are allowing young people to take the roads too early, even way before they have received sufficient instruction and practice. As a result to this, young drivers endanger not only themselves but others as well too. It is recognized by researches that most adolescents’ driving behavior depends on who is in the car with them, the distractions they do while driving, and ignoring the dangers they expose to.
In another article, “Peers Influence Risky Teen Driving,” Allen Joseph and Bradford Brown assert that “Teens, their peers, and motor vehicles can be the perfect storm for poor choices.” (pg.1). In which, studies of adolescents and driving show how crash rates and fatalities rise dramatically when teen drivers are accompanied by peer passengers. Teen drivers are placed in a position where they cannot face or look at those pressuring them. Teens drive faster and take more risks when they are with their peers. Also, drivers encounter active distraction from their own peers by engaging in conversations that heighten emotions, or by doing other things that more directly draw an adolescent’s attention away from the task of navigating the car. On the other hand, in the same article, “Peers Influence Risky Teen Driving,” Joseph P. and Bradford Brown mentioned that “peers also engage in proximal positive influences on teen drivers through modeling of positive behaviors.” (pg.4). One method of doing this is by providing a positive reinforcement, which is another form of a positive influence process. An example would be when peers make positive comments about a teen’s safe driving. Also, speaking up to protect each other is a positive influence on teen drivers. Warnings from a friend or peer about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving would influence safe driving habits to teens.
In the article, “Teens and Distracted Driving,” Madden, Mary, and Amanda Lenhart conducted a survey in which teens were questioned about their distractions while driving, and researchers stated that “A significant percentage noted that they have texted or talked while driving.”(pg.1). Many adolescents now a days get distracted easily, especially when they are using their phones. Statics in the article, “Teens and Distracted Driving,” show that “fully 75% of all Americans teens ages 12-17 now own a cell phone, and 66% use their phones to send or receive text messages.” (pg.1). Distracted Driving can include all sorts of behavior behind the wheel, from eating to applying makeup to texting. While there are many distractions for d-rivers, cell phone use has been the main issue for teens while driving. Texting while driving has become the main target of police and lawmakers. For many teens, and a growing number of adults, texting is a central way of communicating; a virtual conversation that doesn’t stop in the car. To avoid distracted driving accidents, drivers should invest in new technologies, such as hands-free and Bluetooth devices. In which, these devices would allow them to keep their eyes on the road and avoid crashes.
Many drivers overestimated their ability to multitask behind the wheel and put themselves and others at risk. True is that almost nobody multi processes the way they think they can. In most cases, teens ignore the dangers they put themselves into. One reason to this is because of immaturity. Most teens have reckless behaviors, such as speeding and tailgating. Teenagers drive faster and take more risks when carrying peers without acknowledging the consequences of their reckless behavior. Teens are not aware of the responsibilities and risks they expose to when they are on the road. They act without thinking things over and let their impulses take control over them.
Teen Driving has developed a great risk factor among society and researchers. The reason is because of cell phone use, especially texting while driving has become a fast growing habit for many teens or young adults. The public really needs to be educated about the grave dangers of using a cell phone while driving. On the other hand, as there can be negative peer influences there can also be positive peer influences on teens. It is just the matter of how teens can take the steps to keep themselves and other drivers safe.