Driving Dangers - splitsecnd Crash detection

Driving is fun, but it’s also dangerous. As new drivers, teens are among the most vulnerable to the dangers of the roads. Getting a driver’s license is a big freedom, but it’s also a huge responsibility. Awareness is key, so let your teen know these top 8 dangers of driving, provided by the Center for Disease Control.

1. Driver Inexperience

The first year of driving is the most dangerous. The best remedy for inexperience is practice, and a lot of it.

What can you do about it?

  • Provide at least 30 to 50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least six months.
  • Practice on a variety of roads, at different times of day, and in varied weather and traffic conditions.
  • Stress the importance of continually scanning for potential hazards including other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

2. Driving with Teen Passengers

When teens drive with friends, crash rates go up exponentially.

What can you do about it?

  • Follow your state’s Graduated Licensing System for passenger restrictions. If your state doesn’t have such a rule, limit the number of teen passengers your teen can have to zero or one.
  • Keep this rule for at least the first six months that your teen is driving.

3. Nighttime Driving

While fatal crashes are at an all-time high at night, the risk for teen drivers is much higher than for adults.

What can you do about it?

  • Make sure your teen is off the road by 9 or 10 p.m. for at least the first six months of licensed driving.
  • Practice nighttime driving with your teen when you think they are ready.

4. Not Using Seatbelts

Simple, but important. Seatbelts can save lives.

What can you do about it?

  • Require your teen to wear a seat belt on every trip. This simple step can reduce your teen’s risk of dying or being badly injured in a crash by about half.

5. Distracted Driving

Distractions like texting, phone calls, checking social media on a phone and more increase the risk of your teen being in a crash.

What can you do about it?

  • Don’t allow activities that may take your teen’s attention away from driving, such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, or playing with the radio.
  • Learn more about distracted driving.

6. Drowsy Driving

The most dangerous times of day for teen driving are early in the morning and late at night. If your teen drives himself to school early in the morning, more sleep could be crucial not only to his grades but to his driving safety.

What can you do about it?

  • Know your teen’s schedule so you can be sure he or she is well rested before getting behind the wheel.

7. Reckless Driving

Another side effect of inexperience: research shows that teens lack the experience, judgment, and maturity to assess risky situations.

What can you do about it?

  • Make sure your teen knows to follow the speed limit and adjust their speed to match road conditions.
  • Remind your teen to maintain enough space behind the vehicle ahead to avoid a crash in case of a sudden stop.

8. Impaired Driving

Even one drink can inhibit your teen’s ability to judge road conditions, other drivers’ actions, and simple traffic signals.

What can you do about it?

Are there any other driving dangers that you’d like to share with readers? If so, please comment below or reach out the the splitsecnd team to share!