Teens look forward to turning sixteen so they can drive. Driving is now considered normal for young, immature teens. Parents think of it as a blessing to them. If parents would look back to how they drove and acted when they first started driving it would be a different story. In the essay “driving to the funeral,” Anna Quindlen bluntly expresses why teens shouldn’t drive at a young age. Quindlen thinks that teens are too irresponsible to drive. She also states that parents consider their kids driving as relieving them of pointless driving. She proves the facts that sixteen-year-old have more accidents than eighteen-year old. Sixteen-year-old should have more and longer restrictions and parents should be willing to take their kids to places
Older students tend to behave very dangerously while driving due to a gained, habitual self-assurance. These drivers believe that because they haven’t crashed yet; they never will. This means older student drivers push the envelope of safety more than any other class of driver. Many older drivers text and eat while driving, don’t wear seat belts, and race with each other on public roads. A volatile mix of these behaviors can puts them at an even higher risk than new drivers. Bullard has a large crop of these drivers, and speaking from personal experience… they aren’t fun to ride
Some legislators think raising the driving age would be safer. Teenagers have a high percentage of accidents. Insurance for teenagers is extremely high. Vehicles are expensive, so this would save parents money. The legal age should be changed because young drivers are irresponsible, teenagers need more practice driving, and they are too easily distracted.
“Every year 500,000 teens are injured in a car wreck. Every year 5,000 teens die in a car wreck meaning an average of 14 teens die a day. Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the U.S. Even more than alcohol and drug abuse, violence and suicide”. Teens are always excited to earn their license and drive out on the road for the first time, but not every time will be a success, it might also be their last. I believe that teen’s cause more car crashes because they’re new to driving and don’t know the full responsibilities to the rules of the road. There are many different scenarios that lead to car wrecks, injuries and even deaths, such as texting while operating a vehicle, under the influence, and general lack of knowledge.
The numbers are not pretty when it comes to statistics about teenage driving. The statistics and facts about teenage driving would say about them otherwise. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. This is a serious matter and shows that just by being a teenage driver, that they are not twice as likely, but three times more likely to be involved in a not just a regular car accident but a fatal car accident. It displays how more life threatening it is for a teenage driver and they are more at risk than any other driver. Those accidents can occur from a simple mistake such as a quick glance at a phone, 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their phones. This proves that something as simple as sending a text message can cause an accident resulting in death. At the end of the day, statistics reveal just how bad teenage drivers really
Despite living in the suburbs of a city built around the car, I have neither a driver’s license nor a car - despite being well above the minimum age of sixteen in my state. I often look with jealousness at my friends who drive themselves to and from school, having received their driver’s licenses on their sixteenth birthdays. With some of my friends, and teenagers in general, getting into trouble for using their newfound driving privileges irresponsibly, some people have argued that, to prevent the damage caused by those irresponsible drivers, the driving age should be raised to eighteen. However, raising the driving age would fail to improve safety and deny teens and parents the benefits of driving.
for teens. Six teens ages 16-19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and over to be in a fatal crash.” Since teenagers are new to being behind the wheel, the risk of crashing is higher than an adult who has more experience. The article Texting and Driving Statistics noted that a teen driver is 4 times more likely to crash or near-crash while talking or texting compared to an adult driver. Even having a single passenger doubles the risk of an accident for a teenager driving on the road. In a AAA poll, it recorded that 94% of teens acknowledge the danger of driving distracted, yet 35% admitted to doing it
Driving today is a major accomplishment, and many people use that license as a badge of honor. In today's society, people as young as sixteen are eligible to apply for a driver's license. But, is that necessarily a horrid thing. There are many people who attempt to rob adolescents of their ability to receive a license. I believe that sixteen year olds should be able to keep their driving privileges because you must learn at a young age, it teaches adolescents responsibility, and it makes it easier for teens to maintain a career. Learning to drive is a privilege that I strongly believe teens should keep, and here is why.
Many legislations are limiting the number of passengers teens can carry in the car at a time or excluding them from being able to take late night drives. Many of these rules have already been imposed in Nebraska has implemented in their three stage process. Some states such as New Jersey have completely eliminated the chance of 16 year olds driving without a parent (New York Times, 3). Most states have focused their state representatives on giving teens more driving experience before granting them unrestricted licenses. The new brain research suggests that maturity in a 17 or 18 year old driver is considered safer than a new 16 year old driver due to the fact that, Scientists at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., have found that this vital area develops through the teenage years and isn't fully mature until age 25.Even some teens are acknowledging that 16-year-olds are generally not ready to face the life-threatening risks that drivers can encounter behind the
“Only the good die young,” is an aphorism that most have heard, but why is it that the leading cause of death in young people is vehicle accidents? The fact of the matter is that teens, for many reasons, are involved in more fatal crashes than any other age group. Teen driver safety, or the lack thereof, is very problematic in the state of Missouri; teens die senselessly every day due to this problem, and most cases could be prevented if people simply became more knowledgeable.
Every 15 minutes, a teenager dies due to drunk driving.(9) Austin Donovan Hall, now 18, lost control of the Chrysler convertible he was driving and smashed right into a tree and telephone pole, while driving 119 mph in a 35 mph lane.(7) He departed from an underage drinking party less than a mile away from where the incident occurred.(7) The vehicle then flew off the road hitting a tree and a light pole in the process.(7) Shawn Gangloff, age 15, was in the same accident. He was thrown from the car and later became a casualty due to his injuries.(7) Max Dechter who was in the car as well, then 17, was taken to the hospital, where he was to remain for months after the accident.(7) Teenagers should not jeopardize their futures and lives for the
First, the author assumes that Centerville High School students should take driver’s program because several accidents in and around Centerville have involved teenagers. However, the evidence the author needs to provide that the accidents may have been caused only by Centerville High School students. For instance, the teenage drivers involved in those
Everything you do in a car other than driving, such as talking to a passenger, singing a song, or checking your phone are all distractions which can take your mind off driving and cause an accident (Leonard). Having restrictions on new drivers has shown to decrease the amount of crashes caused by teenagers. “The researchers found that States with the most restrictive graduates licensing programs - such as those that required supervised driving teams as well as having night-driving restrictions and passenger limitations - saw a 26% reduction in the rate of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers compared with states without any restriction” (Roan). Graduated licensing programs were linked to 1,348 fewer fatal crashes involving 16-year-olds. These restrictions prevent the teenagers from driving without an adult 21 or older, and with more than one passenger other than family in the car. Also, placing time restrictions on them prevents them from driving late at night when they would be very tired. Restrictions on teen driving has made it safer for everyone on the
This article addresses how adolescent drivers are involved in most accidents caused by distracted driving. The article also explains the causes, consequences and statistics related to auto accidents caused by adolescent drivers. Ultimately, this article explains how implementing a trauma prevention program in high schools to adolescents can reduce auto accidents caused by distracted drivers in the adolescent age group. Ruth Adeola is Program Coordinator for the Center of Prevention and Policy at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She also holds a Master’s of Science degree and a Certification as a Registered Nurse. The positions Ruth Adeola holds as well as her educational background not only gives this article credibility, it also
Nowadays, crash rates increase as the driving age decreases. In reference to Associate Professor of Law, William and Mary School of Law, (Hamilton, 2012), studies have shown that car crashes are more prevalent among sixteen years olds. However they tend to decrease as the age rises. The more mature a person is and the more experience they’ve gone through, the less likely they are to be involved in a car crash. Basically, inexperience in driving shows a secondary part in younger ages. It’s concluded that making the driving age as a minimum age of sixteen has had a negative impact. This minimum age has affected the road safety negatively. It has caused premature death and severe injuries among teenagers aged 16 and 17 years old. Research suggests that some risks of driving are contributed to the lack of skill and experience. Furthermore, age plays a crucial role in deciding the risks valid in