Driving is risky for everyone because you are putting your life in the hands of others on the roads. For some drivers, the risks are increased because of simple and uncontrollable factors like age, gender and experience.
All drivers, regardless of these risk factors, should do what they can to remain safe on the roads. Knowing what extra risks teen drivers face empowers them and parents to be extra mindful and vigilant.
Inexperience is a primary concern
Obviously, new drivers don’t have the same experience as drivers who’ve been on the road for a long period of time. This puts them at risk of making mistakes that can lead to accidents. They might drive faster than the speed limit and may be unable to react appropriately to hazards on the road.
Parents need to ensure that their teenagers know how to handle obstacles. They should emphasize that the new driver’s full attention has to remain on the road. This requires clear rules for cellphones and other passengers in the vehicle.
Teenage boys are more likely to be involved in crashes than girls. This risk increases if the males have other guys in the vehicle with them. This is a bit misleading, however, because the number of crashes involving female drivers is increasing.
Passengers increase the risk
Teen drivers who have occupants in the same age group are more likely to drive in a risky manner. They have a propensity to drive faster, including speeding, at night. There is also the chance that they drink alcohol, despite being underage, and then try to drive afterward.
Adult passengers reduce the risk
When a teen driver has an adult in the car, they will probably drive in a safer manner. With this in mind, it might be a good idea for parents to limit new teen drivers to only operating the vehicle when there is an adult with them, at least until they have a bit more experience behind the wheel.
When an accident occurs
Teen drivers must be treated the same way as other drivers. If you are struck by a teenager and suffer an injury, you should contact the police department or emergency services. Get medical care if you need it. You may decide to seek compensation if the damages from the accident are considerable.