Okay, confession time: At 25 years old, I have still never learned to drive. I have never received my learner’s permit or my driver’s license. When I was 17 years old and had to get a photo I.D. so I could take my SATs, on the way to the DMV my father asked if I was getting my learner’s permit. I proceeded to look at him as if he had 10 heads, and declared that I was not old enough to start driving. Sure, I was old enough according to the state, but I didn’t feel old enough. I wasn’t ready, and I let that be known. As I got older, I realized that while I knew I wasn’t ready to drive, the reason for that may have been because of the handful of car accidents I was in as a child and adolescent. I was petrified to be behind the wheel, and to this day, I still am.
I was one of very few teens who didn’t want to drive. For most, the countdown to the age that they can take the test to receive their learner’s permit is counted down with glee and anticipation. With all of that excitement coursing through a teen’s veins, it is that more crucial for parents to instill responsible and safe driving habits in their teens, as well as teaching them the basics about how to care for a car, regardless of if they are buying their own or using yours.
Annually, 1/5th of car accidents are caused by teens 16 to 19 years old, and teens have the highest chance of having a fatal crash within the first six months of getting their driver’s license. Why? Distractions. Check out the following infographic for information and statistics about what teens are doing behind the wheel that make them such terrible drivers. Learn from this information and instill better driving habits in your own teens when it is time for them to start driving.
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