Teen drivers are 3-times more likely to be involved in accidents than older (experienced) drivers. Even with driver’s education, teenage drivers tend to make dangerous errors on the road.
Common driving mistakes made by teenagers
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Panicking and overcorrecting in emergency situations
- Distracted driving
Prevent teen driving mistakes
- Teens must be educated about the benefits of wearing a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent.
- Teenagers must be educated about the risks of drinking and driving. Parents must make sure their teens call them for a ride when they are intoxicated.
- Teenagers must be educated about emergency situations that may arise while driving. Most new vehicles have ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), which allows drivers to stop without skidding. Teenagers or inexperienced drivers should have cars with ABS so they can handle emergency situations without panicking.
- Speeding is the main cause of fatal accidents. Parents must inform teens about speeding and the dangerous consequences.
- Teenagers should not drive with 3 or more teenagers in the car. The risk of distraction is high. Parents should also inform teenagers about the risks of using cell phones and texting while driving.