The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that younger drivers, between the ages of 16–19, make up the bulk of severe car crashes. This stark disparity between young drivers and other age groups suggests that something’s missing with teen driving education.
Young drivers seem to be engaging in many behaviors that can have serious consequences when on the road. From distracted driving to improper maintenance, let’s break down the four main mistakes teenagers make on the road.
Phones Aren’t Driving Friendly
Millennials and Gen Z seem to walk around with their phones in their hand all the time. Whether they’re at work, in class, on the street, or having dinner, it’s typical that people will be staring at the phone.
However, driving is one activity where you absolutely cannot multitask. Texting and driving, especially, can be a fatal mistake. When you take your gaze away from the road, you could hit a car that slows down, or crash into a vehicle you didn’t see coming.
Skimping on Gas
Strangely enough, teenagers are found to skimp on gas. They may do that because they don’t always have enough money to fill up the whole tank. However, experts advise keeping the gas at a reasonable amount consistently is the best way to avoid any mishaps.
According to a survey conducted by insurance officials, younger people tend to wait for the warning light to come on before they get some gas. This can lead to emergent issues if the car runs out of gas at the wrong time.
Speeding Thrills Kill
Speeding is also one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents. Thirty-two percent of males in the age group 15-20 were speeding at the time of a deadly car crash. This is the highest percentage of all other age and gender groups.
Don’t Drive and Chew Gum
Eating is one of the top distracted driving behaviors listed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Other listed distractions that teens could be indulging in are:
- Adjusting audio or air-conditioning
- Using other vehicular controls
- Using or looking for external objects brought into the car (phone, beverage, snack, headphones, etc.)
- Eating or drinking
- Smoking and smoking-related
It’s because teenagers need extra guidance with being careful drivers that we recommend all adolescent drivers take defensive driving classes in driving school. Our online driving classes are appropriate for anyone in Houston, Conroe, The Woodlands, and Cypress!