Teen Driving Safety
- February 15, 2022
- Posted by: Healthy Young NV
- Category: Teen
Did you know that car crashes are the second leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States? In fact, every day about seven teens die per day in the U.S. (as of 2019). Rates of crashes are also particularly high in male teens and those that recently obtained their license. So, what are some ways we can stay safe on the road and reduce the risk?
Gain experience on the road
Those that haven’t had a lot of experience on the road tend to get in more car crashes. So, make sure to drive with an experienced individual (a parent or other adult) often before going out on your own. Once you get your driver’s permit, you are allowed to drive a car with an adult present, and once you have your driver’s license, you are able to go out on your own. Confidence and practice are key to mastering the road and making sure that you are comfortable driving on your own.
Limit distractions and pay attention
We all know that a text or two can be pretty tempting to look at while driving, but is it worth risking your life? Texting and driving have become a huge risk factor for the younger generation as technology use rises. Yet a simple look at your phone while driving could cost you or another drivers’ life, and a large sum of money if you are at fault for the crash. With this in mind, make sure that you pay attention to the road at all times, and also watch out for other dangerous distracted drivers. Another big struggle is paying attention and being able to stay alert. Many teens live busy lives and get little sleep, however drowsy driving is just as dangerous. Make sure you get sufficient sleep and if you don’t feel okay to drive, pull over in a safe area to take a nap or let someone know that you are unable to drive.
Follow the law
Speed limits are in place for a reason! There can be narrow roads, pedestrian crossings, driveways, etc. that could potentially make it harder to drive safely at a higher speed. So, make sure to adhere to the limit to maintain the safety of not only yourself but of others too. Along with speed limits, make sure you are never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol is prohibited under the age of 21, but rates of intoxicated driving among teenagers are still quite high. If you are intoxicated and are thinking about getting behind the wheel – don’t. Ensure you have a designated driver or call a Lyft or Uber to take you home.
Overall, driving allows teens to have some freedom and is one of the first things toward being independent. However, it can be a dangerous activity if you are distracted or under the influence of drugs / alcohol. Make sure you engage in safe practices while driving and your chances of crashing or getting seriously injured will be dramatically lowered.