You’d think teen drivers would improve with age, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to a recent study, as they age, high schoolers appear to take more risks and are involved in more accidents and near misses – 57% of seniors vs. 34% of sophomores.
As they age, teens naturally feel more confident. Unfortunately, this confidence can lead to taking greater risks behind the wheel. This includes talking on the phone or using apps while driving. Often, parents can unwittingly contribute to this behavior. According to the study, nearly 70% of 15 and 16 year olds said they would lose their driving privileges if they were to get into an accident whereas only 55% of teens 18 and older believe they would experience the same consequence.
Even though they feel more confident, the reality is hyper-connected teen drivers have only a couple of years experience behind the wheel. Given this, it’s important to remind them that phone/app use, and other forms of distracted driving, substantially increase the chances of an accident. So do your part. Take the time to talk with your teen drivers. It could make all the difference.