It’s easy to misjudge your driving ability when you’re new to the wheel and inexperienced. But teens are particularly at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision for these three reasons.
They lack experience. Teens have a more significant learning curve than older new drivers. Aside from inexperience operating a vehicle and recognizing hazards, teens are still developing judgment and capacity for reasoning and decision making. Talk to your teen about driving and set ground-rules about speeding, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, plus peer pressure.
They don’t buckle up. It should be no surprise to you that once your teen gets his or her driver’s licence, they’ll want to drive to their favourite hangouts with friends. Teach drivers to avoid the temptation of cramming the car with passengers. By law, every passenger must have a seatbelt, including those in the back seat. According to a US study, more than 58% of teen drivers killed in automobile crashes were not wearing a seatbelt at the time.
They are prone to distraction. More than three-quarters of all teens own cellphones and on average, they use their phone 60 times a day to text, Snapchat, play games and listen to music. Before your teen develops bad driving habits later, teach them now that cellphone use while driving is a no-no. Even operating a phone hands-free is dangerous and takes your attention away from the roads. Studies show that motorists using their phone are four times more likely to be involved in a collision.
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