Many people in the Redwood City area are not aware of the impact age and experience can have on driving skills and abilities. Teenagers are not the most experienced or knowledgeable drivers. Their age and lack of experience often cause car accidents that result in injuries and death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, adolescents who are between the ages of 16 and 19 have the highest crash rate amongst teenage drivers.
It takes years of driving experience for people to fine tune their driving skills and develop an appropriate level of comfort behind the steering wheel. They are better capable of anticipating and avoiding near-accident situations and identifying hazards that put them at risk for car accidents. When there are multiple teenagers in cars, the risk of crashing increases substantially. Also, teens are more likely to take risks when they are behind the wheel. They do not realize the seriousness of their actions until it is too late.
Most parents are excited and relieved when their teens begin driving lessons and earn their licenses. They do not understand the importance of being cautious and providing extra guidance to their new and inexperienced drivers. Currently, the state requires young teens to have their permits for a minimum of six months and complete driver’s education and at least 50 hours of driving with an adult to become eligible for a provisional driver’s license, states the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Parents can help their teens to become better and safer drivers. Common and effective methods parents can use include leading by example, stressing the dangers and consequences of disobeying traffic rules and laws, teaching them to avoid distractions and discouraging irresponsible and unsafe driving behaviors.