TOP 10 MISTAKES YOUNG DRIVERS MAKE

March 14, 2019

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It's a worrisome fact parents can't escape: Teen drivers are more accident-prone than anyone else on the road. Their inexperience, developing maturity and distractibility work against them. Fortunately, you can improve your teens' odds of safely navigating their risky first years when you address these 10 common problem areas: DISTRACTIONS. Whether it's a pinging smartphone or a chatty passenger, young drivers don't yet have the skills to compensate for the distractions that their ultra-connected world brings. RISK-TAKING.   Teenagers may be wired to take more risks (like ignoring traffic signals) than their brothers and sisters who are in their early 20s. Studies show that in teenagers, the area of the brain associated with impulsiveness is twice as active as it is in young adults. A NEED FOR SPEED.  Teens drive an average of 1.3 miles per hour faster than other drivers. That doesn't sound like much, but for a driver who has little experience reacting to and anticipating highway emergencies, speed obliterates precious time needed to avoid a crash.

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