Many younger drivers face a variety of risks when they travel, mostly due to inexperience behind the wheel. However, other factors may increase the risk of a serious crash for drivers between the ages of 16-21.
Youth.gov notes that while teen drivers with an inflated sense of confidence may take risks more often, many young drivers face an increased chance of injury or death resulting from a car accident, as this age group shares a number of driving risk factors.
1. Passenger distraction
When older teens get their driver’s licenses, driving themselves and their friends to school, work or their local hangout can cause distractions that may end in tragedy. Loud music, conversation and even arguments may take a teen driver’s eyes off the road. Parents may want to restrict the number of passengers a teen driver carries until he or she becomes more confident behind the wheel.
2. Technology use
Teen drivers who use their phones or connect a device that streams music can increase the risk of distraction which may cause a crash. Tuning the radio, starting a playlist or adjusting the GPS can all cause a teen driver to take his or her eyes off the road. Parents may want to teach their teens the importance of making such adjustments before they leave the driveway.
3. Driving at night
Nighttime driving presents a whole different set of challenges for young drivers. Those who do so and carry teen passengers may have an increased risk of crashing, especially in poor weather conditions such as rain or snow.
Younger drivers may also take additional or unnecessary risks to impress their friends.