4 Mistakes Teen Drivers Make
Teen drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident than experienced adult drivers. Accidents involving teen drivers are caused by a combination of factors. Lack of experience, desire to show off while their friends ride passenger, and reckless driving behavior can all be the direct cause of these automobile accidents. Knowing the most common mistakes teen drivers make can prevent you from making these same mistakes.
Most teen drivers are not able to gauge the necessary reaction times for particular speeds. Their inexperience prevents them from properly estimating how much time is needed to stop if they are traveling above the speed limit. Research shows that on average teen drivers drive 1.3mph faster than other drivers on the road. In most cases speeding and inability to brake in time is what leads to collisions with other vehicles.
2. Crowded cars
Teen drivers are notorious for driving overcrowded vehicles. In a car that comfortably seats four they may squeeze up to six people in the vehicle. Not only could extra passengers distract the driver, they could also block the mirrors. An obstructed view can create blind spots for the driver. Also, extra passengers can suffer serious or fatal injuries in a car accident. Extra passengers are not restrained by seat belts, this can cause them to be violently ejected from the car. Studies show that when male drivers ride passengers drivers of both genders are more inclined to drive over the speed limit. However, male teen drivers drove less aggressively when female passengers are in the car.
3. Driving while tired
Drowsy driving amongst teen drivers happens more frequently than people expect. This is especially common among "model" students. These are students who are involved in a number of extracurricular activities(debate team, sports teams, orchestra, etc). Balancing school work and extracurricular activities can be extremely difficult for students. When assignments are piled on or practice runs late this can exhaust students. No matter how exhausted or overworked teens are they almost never believe they can be involved in an accident because of driving while drowsy.
4. Wrong car selection
When selecting cars teens often opt for the flashy cars that lack proper safety features. SUV's are prone to flipping over in accidents. Sports cars can be easily crushed in a collision. The safer car choice is not always selected over the "nicer looking" vehicle. Another mistakes teen drivers make often is improper car maintenance. Not being vigilant about tire pressure, oil changes, and engine checks can lead to serious car trouble. Car trouble can lead to accidents.
Most of these mistakes made by teen drivers are 100% preventable. Driving within the speed limit, avoiding drowsy driving, and properly maintaining your vehicle can reduce your chance of being involved in an accident.
If you have been involved in a car accident, contact us at Colley and Colley to receive the compensation you are entitled to.