Teen drivers generally tend to be irresponsible and easily distracted, thus resulting in them making wrong moves. Many teen drivers have been seen talking on the phone or texting when driving. These tendencies have led to an enormous number of accidents, causing injuries, fatalities and skyrocketing insurance rates.
Some major causes for distractions while driving:
* Drinking & Eating
* Emotional State of the Driver
* Using the Cell Phone
* Talking to Friend/ Friends in the Car
* Listening to Music
As a new driver, you will be unskilled at handling unexpected problems. So, make sure you attend any of the various defensive driving courses across the country.
Yes, these tips holds just as much for both men and women: Deep thoughts, talking on the cell (regardless of whether the phone is held by hand or not) and loud music, all effect both sexes in the same amount. It is true, as I have stated elsewhere, that there is a greater precentage of women that have a better ability to divide attention, but this only means that they can shift their focus from one action to another more rapidly. When it comes to doing two things AT THE SAME TIME all humans will fail miserably.
By the way, conversing with the passengers is not nearly as distracting as any of the above, unless it's something very emotional or loud. The same applies for music, so long as it is not very loud and does not carry a profound emotional effect on the driver -- it's fine.
Another note, teenagers have a high rate of collision involvement due to three elements: The first is lack of experience, the other is lack of responsibility, but the third element is lack of proper skill. The same teens that crash cars can be honorable students, college and university students and, in some countries (like mine) disciplined and high-ranked soliders. You cannot call this segment of the youth irresponsible. It's simply that they don't know how to drive well.
I do agree, still, that lack of responsibility and awareness, due to young age, peer pressure and education at school and home also carry a detrimental weight in the great involvement of youth in collisions. In fact, even all the training in the world won't turn a teenage driver into the perfect driver. It takes:
- Education for proper values in driving from a young age. The parents should be a role model and the youth can also be taught to consider driving to be a value by being introduced at a younger age to the sport of go-karts. Values to deliver: Maturity, independence, responsbility; Awareness; Perception; Courtesy, Tolerance; Knowledge and understanding; Skill, training and experience.
- Teaching the art of driving to the young driver: Proper maintainence (tires, dampers, brakes, engine, coolant) ; proper driving position, steering wheel grip; maintaining focus while driving; how to look FAR ahead, observe and anticipate the hazards and plan your actions in advance, to avoid stressfull situations; how to drive in situations of heavy traffic, highways, winter driving, night driving, driving in narrow city streets; how to perform emergency braking and avoidance braking, etc...
- Introducing them into driving progressively. First for short drives aroung the block when it's clear of traffic. Than in longer distances with light traffic, than on highways; in heavy traffic. Some countries obligate parents to accompany their children for them to be able to drive the car, for the first two-three months. Others prohibit teen driving at night (which is not realistic) and there are usually also limitations as to how much passengers a teen can drive for the first year or two of his license. Even if these limitations (other than not driving at night) are not a law in your country, I advise to adopt and enforce them onto teens.
This is a very crucial stage of a person - being a teenager. Teenagers experience lots of changes in their life that sometimes they have difficulty to adjust. They tend to be rebellious and adventures that is why they need to be guided on what they are going to do. Driving is not just an activity but at the same time a responsibility. The life of the passenger is in your hands. Drivers must be informed and be properly trained about safety driving.
Recently, a Chevrolet Volt that was used in federal accident testing recently caught fire a few weeks after the test was given. A security investigation is currently underway into fire hazards possibly posed by the Volt. The problem likely concerns the batteries and other electric cars are being looked at also.
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