Teens are notorious for reckless driving and road accidents. If you think this is an exaggeration, think about the thousands of deaths and accidents on the road. According to statistics, the highest auto-related accidents and deaths involve people between 15 and 24 years of age. As a result, insurance companies have offered auto insurance to teens and young adults at a high price.
Teens have various habits that make them prone to road accidents. People during their lively years tend to talk a lot over the phone even while driving. They tend to be ridiculously adventurous. They also tend to disobey safety driving reminders. Young people also come out of parties drunk and then get into their cars. These are some reasons why they usually end up in emergency rooms with broken limbs or head and neck injury, and their cars end up mangled along the road.
According to statistics, driving is riskiest during certain situations. Teens and beginning drivers should take note of these situations.
1. When driving at night. Amateur driving skills may be a bit difficult during dark conditions. It takes months of driving to be accustomed to night time road conditions.
2. When with friends. Teens love to hang out with friends, and a high percentage of teen car accidents happen when one is driving with friends. Surveys say that teens are safer when driving alone or with the family. As a safety precaution, teens should not take passengers when they are still learning to drive. Friends serve as effective distracters to the novice driver.
3. When driving for fun. Again, novice drivers should spend their “getting used to” stage by driving to school or home. Going for a joy ride is often not a good idea.
4. When not using safety gear. Seat belts are not there for display only.
5. When sleepy. Many reported car accidents happen because the driver was sleepy. Drivers on the road should be completely alert. Sleepiness retards reflexes.
6. When drunk. Alcohol also impairs the person’s cognition and responses. “Don’t drink and drive” is more than just a cliché.
7. When under the influence of prohibited drugs. There is no need to explain this.
8. When using mobile phones. Making calls or sending text messages while driving causes you to lose focus.
9. When eating or drinking. These activities also make you lose your focus while driving.
Teens should be well guided when in the stage of learning how to drive their automobile. Parents should impose car driving discipline to their sons and daughters. Teens, on the other hand, should take heed. Most of road accidents are a result of recklessness. These accidents would have been prevented if people behind the wheel were only following the rules.
It may be practical for parents to get car insurance for their teenage kids. But it must be explained to teens that just because they are insured, it doesn’t mean they can be careless. The insurance company may pay medical bills and car repair fees after the accident, but a broken rib or knee may not be worth the fun.