Teen Drivers’ Level of Maturity
What puts teen drivers at the most risk for injuries and fatalities? Driving at night, having passengers, having a learner’s permit before age 16 and getting a drivers license before the age of 18. Peer pressure sometimes leads to risk not normally taken when teens are alone in the vehicle. When a teenager is driving, the risk of accidents and injury or fatalities doubles when two other passengers are in the vehicle, and triples when three or more passengers are present.
Parents, you don’t have to let the law dictate when your child gets their drivers license.
Parents, don’t let others choose how and when you child should drive. You need to “lay down the rules and regulations to your child’s driving privileges.”
16 year old drivers have the highest crash rates, including fatal ones, of all age groups, and most of those crashes happen soon after they get their drivers license. Teenagers do not all reach the appropriate level of maturity to handle driving a vehicle at the same age. Teenagers can be easily distracted with cell phones and all the handheld gadgets on the market today. They may easily become provoked or angry at other drivers for many senseless reasons.
Parents please understand, you have the ability and the right to say “No”, if your child is not ready to drive.
Give your teen the proper training and the proper driving experience they need. Make sure they are mature enough to drive responsibly and to make responsible safe decisions quickly when driving.
Most parents have rules and guidelines for their children from a young age until they turn 18 or while they live under their roof. Those guidelines should also include their driving privileges.
Driving is a privilege, not a given right, when you come of age.
A parent should not allow their child to drive until they show sufficient responsibility.
Some Information provided by: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety