Teen Safe Driving
Car crashes are the leading death for teens in the U.S. More teens die in car crashes than from suicides and homicides combined. From Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2012, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers. Teenage drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group. Things that you can do to prevent crashes is keeping your cell phone off. Using a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of driving drunk. Don’t text. Texting on average causes a loss of focus on the road for five seconds. Obey the speed limit. It is tougher for inexperienced drivers to judge your speed and how long it will take to stop. Your reflexes may be sharp, but your interpretation of situations may not. It takes time and practice to improve this. Speeding causes about 40% of all fatal teen accidents. You don’t need to keep up with traffic if it seems like everyone else is flying by. Driving a safe speed helps ensure your well-being, and keeps you away from costly traffic tickets. Minimize distractions. Eating, drinking, seeking through the radio, or playing music loudly while you’re cruising around town can cause your mind or vision to wander. And that can be enough for an inexperienced driver to lose control of your car, or not notice an obstacle in the road. Drive solo and having teen passengers. It’s natural to want to drive with the company of your friends, but doing so can be dangerous. Passengers can distract you, or cause you to drive more aggressively than you should. Having a single teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. Adding additional teen passengers causes the risk to escalate. Practice defensive driving. Always be aware of the traffic ahead, behind, and next to you, and have possible escape routes in mind. Keep a proper distance. Teens often overestimate their ability to stop their cars in time. Always maintain an adequate safety margin from the car ahead of you. The...
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