3 Teen Driving Risks And How To Reduce Them

Getting a driver’s license is really a very exciting time for a teenager. On his parent’s side, however, the event will probably be met with some ambivalence. On one hand, his mom and dad will feel happy for him. They know that obtaining a license is a huge step towards being more independent. On the other hand, his parents will also feel worried because they realize how risky it is to man a vehicle, and driving can be an even more daunting task for an inexperienced teen.

In order to mitigate the dangers of teen driving, parents have to take measures to lessen the risks. They can do a lot in terms of training, controlling and disciplining their children, especially during the first few years of driving, so that they will grow up and become more responsible drivers.

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Teen Driving Problems and Solutions

Problem 1: Driving at Night

Nighttime driving is risky to adults and even more so to inexperienced adolescents. Several factors contribute to dangerous conditions, including impaired visibility and bad driving behavior of your teen and of other drivers.

Solutions

Parents should curb nighttime driving especially when their son or daughter is new to it. Teens should be allowed to drive at night only when absolutely necessary. If the child has to attend school activities at night, then it would be better if his parents drive him around. Other groups, including insurance companies, propose the use of telematics to monitor driving. This is also known as a “black box” and it can be used to assess speed and a driver’s ability to brake and turn corners.

Problem 2: Distracted Driving

If someone texts, emails or does other things when driving, he is distracted. A preoccupied driver is a danger on public roads primarily because his distractions can take his hands from the wheel or can turn his eyes away from the streets.

Solutions

The most effective measure against distracted driving is self-discipline. Early on, parents should instill in their kids the dangers that distractions can cause. Not only can an unfocused driver cause accidents, but he can also be the reason for the loss of other people’s lives. This is the reality. Aside from education and guidance, moms and dads can also take advantage of modern technology to avoid this problem. For instance, there are smartphone apps that can be used to control and to prevent distractions while your teen is manning his vehicle. A few examples are Canary, Glympse, and DriveSafe.ly, to name some.

Problem 3: Driving Under the Influence

Underage drinking is a serious issue in the United States. According to a study, young people, aged 12 to 20, have consumed alcohol, and what’s alarming is that many of them participate in binge drinking. Moreover, a significant percentage of fatal car crashes involve teens who have been driving under the influence.

Solutions

Yes, teenagers are curious about how alcohol will affect them. However, parents should explain to them that underage drinking is illegal and that it can have very serious effects not only to health, but also to their future. A drunk youngster who gets involved in a fatal car collision will have to suffer the consequences of his actions, which can be detention, paying steep fines, re-education or training, or incarceration. Plus, how will he cope with the guilt of killing or maiming another person? Here, the role of parents is to be good examples for their kids. They should never drink and drive in order to emphasize what they teach their kids. Also, similar to distracted driving, there are also phone apps that can be used to monitor a teen’s whereabouts, such as GPS devices, so that his parents will know if he was at a party or a bar.

Claire Taylor is a full-time freelancer who has done numerous write-ups about car maintenance and safety. She hopes that her articles will help promote safer driving practices. Click here to learn more about cars and other auto-related legal issues.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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