I would hate to stereotype teens as "unsafe drivers", because some of them drive more responsibly than adult drivers. However, I think due to their inexperience, the risk factor certainly is elevated. In my home town, we've lost several young people. It was not due to drinking, drugs or even road rage. It was due to excessive speed, or over correcting (i.e., going off the side of the road on soft turf and then overcorrecting by yanking the wheel and ending up in the other lane).Higher age limits for driving may improve things, parents talking to their children about "what if" scenarios to make sure they know what to do, heavier police presence in concentrated areas. Having teens come in and talk with their peers about where their negligence almost or did cost lives. Communicate and pray. I did everytime one of my daughters went out the door, lol. I still pray at times, when I know they're going to be on the road late. Pray they stay focused, and that God will send His angels to keep a watch over them.
lower the drinking age
Inexperience is the main problem.I think 16 is too young for kids to be boppin around town. Now the next biggest problem is going to be Texting..Kids think that they can do it while driving. They can't...I had a 16 year old go off the road and end up on my lawn. tearing it up..His parents said what a good driver he is..Then why did he end up on my lawn. There was no reason for it other than fooling around while driving.It's too bad that parents won't admit when their kids are too immature to be behind the wheel.Sheri
Hi Nat! Although I know many teens are very safe drivers, I worry about the ones who don't have as much practice behind the wheels before they are given their license to drive wherever and whenever they want. Sixteen may be too young. It seems to be a right of passage in our society. I felt more fear in my heart when my son got his license than at any other time in my life. And it wasn't because he wasn't a good driver: he was. His father and I gave him many opportunities in all kinds of weather to drive. I was more worried, though, about someone else causing an accident, and he'd be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like Lynne said, usually car wrecks that claim teens is the result of carelessness, speeding, and just not paying attention.
I think they should make the age limit higher....Drive with a Parent longer maybe.
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