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?