Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Dangers of Teenage Driving

http://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=29727


As many can probably infer, new drivers are more prone to accidents on the road than experienced ones. But did you know that car accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the United States? I found it very shocking that above incurable diseases, homicide, or other accidents, most teenagers are dying from something they have complete control over. According to the article, this may be due to inexperience and immaturity, since many of the crashes have been traced back to speeding, tailgating, and lack of seat belt usage. Although drivers education classes are successful in reducing a good amount of these incidents, new drivers have not yet had enough experience to know what to do in every situation they come across. After all, only 6 hours of driver's training are required to take a driver's test in California, which can earn you your license for the rest of your life. Is this really enough? Especially nowadays, when distractions such as texting and talking on cell phones serve as constant temptations, driving is extremely dangerous. Cases in the past prove that sometimes all it takes is a simple message of "hey" to take your eyes off the road and land you, and often times others, in a hospital. Possibly even more dangerous, as if that wasn't enough, is underage drinking. This equates for about a quarter of the collisions involving teenagers, and, worse, almost a quarter of teenagers have admitted to getting in a car with an actively drinking teen. As we observed during class in the "Always, Sometimes, Never" activity, not many people felt comfortable putting their lives in danger by getting in a car with an intoxicated individual. However, there were those who didn't seem to mind the risks, or who just may not have been aware of the jeopardy they could put their lives in by riding with someone who had been drinking. Either way, more measures definitely need to be taken to ensure the safety of licensed minors in the U.S., and prevent future accidents from happening.

What ways could help reduce the amount of teen-related accidents? Do you think that there should be more requirements for obtaining a driver's license? If so, what?

10 comments:

  1. The ways the could help reduce the amount of
    "teen-related" accidents is not to drink and drive or text on your phone.

    According to the article that I read for drinking and driving, it shows that almost a quarters of teens who drink and drive are more likely to put their lives in dangerous of getting into a car crash, and for the texting on your phone, it shows that when a teen is on his or her phone, he or she are more likely to take their eyes off the road and crash into a driver or an object.

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  2. I think a good way to reduce the amount of teen-related incidents is to increase the penalties for drinking-and-driving and texting-and-driving. It is not that teenagers are not old enough to drive or even experienced enough (though increasing that would help). It is that they are not mature enough to avoid dangerous things like texting.

    I also believe if people were more aware of these statistics then there would be less incidents. A possible solution could be during drivers education you can include a section where they have to learn the statistics of teenage accidents specifically with drunk driving and texting and driving.

    At the end of the article it stated that parents should set a safe driving standard, which I agree with, but additionally I believe that the teenage drivers should spend more time with an instructor, for more than 6 hours, who is trained to teach teenagers to drive.

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  3. In my opinion, a good way to reduce the amount of teen-related incidents is to learn more traffic regulations when you earn your diver license. The best way is to behave yourself that you safe driving. Don't have a phone call or text messages while driving. You can connect Bluetooth to your car or set a Bluetooth headphone so that you can receive the important message. This is a good way to prevent an accident. However, life is precious, we need to have a strong sense of responsibility to maintain our own life.

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  4. I think there should be more mandatory driving lessons to ensure that every driver is ready in both maturity and knowledge. Knowing the facts clearly isn't enough, as I'm sure most people being careless on the road are pretty aware that texting and driving is bad. Personally, I have observed many teens who don't view driving very seriously. They don't seem to realize the risks that reckless driving can have to themselves as well as those around them. Spreading even more awareness via PSAs will probably be effective in getting teens to realize that being a driver comes with the responsibility of protecting lives (including their own).

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    1. I agree that there should be more mandatory driving lessons. This would help teen drivers gain more experience on the road, and it would better prepare them for situations in the future. I too have seen reckless teens who don't seem like they should be driving, and spreading more awareness of the dangers they may face would make them more cautious. PSAs would be especially beneficial, since they would be heard by many people, and word would get around fast.

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  5. I agree that there are many dangers of drinking while driving and there needs to be more restrictions when it comes to driving. Teenage drivers are more likely to be in accidents because I believe that they are new drivers and they are still developing into adults and maturing. Teens are still coming of age so they might not have the best judgement when it comes to driving and being aware of the dangers that come with it. I think that stronger and more severe punishments will be effective when teens break the rules when driving because it will let teenage drivers be more cautious and aware.

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  6. I do agree that teenagers immaturity is one of the leading causes of teenage deaths in driving. They don't make the best judgement and it leads to a potential serious incidents The article stated that parents should try to set more guidelines for their child and lead by example. I do agree with that statement because when teenagers were younger they would always listen to their parents and eventually they can possibly have better judgement later on in there life such as not drinking and driving or texting and driving. I do believe that there should be more requirements to acquiring a drivers license. I don't believe that six hours of drivers training is enough for a teenagers license, it should be at least a minimum of 10-12 hours. This will give the teenagers more practice with the trainer and help better prepare them for any critical driving situations.

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  7. This article was very interesting to read because of how true everything was in this article. I think what would help reduce the amount of teen-related accidents is to definitely help stop more teens to stop texting and driving. Teenagers are still coming of age and I think that helps support them give them ideas and thoughts that they know what they're doing. For example, They think that sending a small text like an "ok" or "thank you" or any small type of text won't effect their driving but little do they know that taking your eyes off the rode even its just for a couple of seconds it is still possible for you to get into an accident. I do believe that 6 hours of driving training is definitely not enough. It'd definitely be a better idea to receive at least 10 hours. I also believe that there should be more requirements for getting your drivers license, like doing more than 6 hours training, having to always turn off your cell phone when you're driving and etc. I think having only 6 hours of training doesn't give you as much knowledge on driving and being in a critical driving situation.

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  8. I think a good way to prevent people from texting and driving (teens especially) would be to have a setting of the cell phone for a car mode where the text would be read aloud and then allow the driver to verbally respond to the text. I also think that the penalty for texting and driving should be more severe. I do agree that it has to do with the immaturity of the teen because in my argumentative paragraph I researched teen reckless driving and found an article that said the part of the brain that determines right from wrong isn't fully developed as a teen. I also do agree that the path to receiving a California drivers license is too easy and need to be more difficult.

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  9. Teens have the responsibility to control themselves when they are driving. They are taught that they shouldn't talk on the phone text, and they should know better than that to do it. I think another requirement is asking the person who is learning to obtain their licenses should be asking the person if they're comfortable behind the wheel, and if they should continue practicing.

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