When people hear about driving accidents involve teenagers, they’re quick to blame the subjects’ youth. It seems contradictory that society more or less expects people to learn to drive during their teenage years and then turns around and points a finger at them for actually honoring that expectation. Everyone can be a safe driver well before the age of twenty. You just have to keep a few things in mind when you’re actually doing it, since it takes a lot of experience before driving really becomes second nature for you.
For one thing, you need to have the right training when you’re an early driver. People that just learn how to drive from their parents, family members, or their friends probably aren’t going to have the best start on the road. Your parents or friends could be great drivers but they won’t necessarily be great teachers. Plenty of people that are taking driver’s ed are also going to be getting help from their parents, family members, or friends, but that works much better as a supplement. You need to learn about driving laws and road regulations, and it helps to learn things like that in a school environment.
Drinking and driving and texting and driving are also exactly as dangerous as everyone says they are. Some things you hear about driving are just exaggerations: these are not. When you’re texting, your attention is occupied and so are your hands. Your hands need to be on the steering wheel and your eyes need to be on the road, or you’re just not going to be an effective driver. Talking on a cell phone while driving is bad enough, but at least you’ll have more dexterity to work with when you’re doing that. People can also talk on the phone somewhat mindlessly. It’s much harder to do that while texting. If you need to text, you should pull over as soon as possible.
Drinking slows down your reflexes and your reaction time, and it also impairs your judgment. Basically, everything you need in order to drive is going to be affected if you’re drunk at the time. If you’re out drinking, you need a designated driver. If you need to drive somewhere, you just can’t drink. Even if you’re just a little tipsy, you’re better off taking a taxicab home. Getting caught drinking and driving is a serious offense, and it just isn’t worth it.