Teen Driver Safety
Newly licensed teens are involved in many more accidents than older, experience drivers. These are the most common trouble areas for young drivers.
Research is clear on the fact that risky teen driving behaviors increase in the presence of teen passengers. A teen who is driving with other teens in the car is more likely to crash. And the more kids in the car, the greatly the likelihood of a crash. Avoid driving with your friends until you have more experience behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, teens buckle up less frequently than adults. Recent studies show that belt use among teens is the lowest of any age group, just 76 percent compared to 85 percent. The majority (58 percent) of 16 to 20 year olds killed in car accidents were not wearing their seat belt. Always wear your seat belt and insist on your passengers wear theirs!
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Teens are at far greater risk of death in an alcohol-related crash than the overall population. Any driver under the age of 21 who has a blood alcohol level of .02 or more will automatically have their driving privilege suspended for six months. It is illegal for any teen to possess or consume alcohol in Florida.
Teen drivers who sleep less than 8 hours a night are 33 percent more likely to crash than teens who sleep more than 8 hours. This lack of sleep results in depressive moods, more risk-taking behaviors and lower grades. It also reduces your ability to process information, be attentive and have good reflexes. Being well-rested is critical to safe driving. Remember to get plenty of rest when you're learning to drive or are a newly licensed driver!
Your primary responsibility when you are behind the wheel is to focus on safe driving. Any behavior that distracts from that activity increase the rish of collision. The dangers of distracted driving are increasing every year.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were almost 50,000 crashes involving distracted driving in Florida. That means, on average in 2017, there were 958 distracted driving crashes per week. Distracted driving crashes have increased 25 percent since 2013. Last year, these distracted driving crashes accounted for more than 3,000 serious bodily injuries and 200 fatalities.
There are different types of driver distractions, including: visual (taking eyes off the road), manual (taking hands off the wheel) and cognitive (mind not on driving). Texting is one of the most dangerous driver distractions since it involves visual, manual and cognitive distractions. However, texting is not the only distracted driving behavior; other dangerous driving distractions include putting on makeup, tending to children in the backseat, eating, tuning the radio, checking GPS navigation and even daydreaming.