Time To Talk To Your Teen About Driving a Car in Florida. Part 1 of 2.

Young drivers are, by definition, inexperienced. When it comes to driving safely and preventing accidents, experience is a great asset. There is, however, more to the problem of young drivers than inexperience; immaturity is another factor that makes young drivers take risks, and it is especially prevalent among teenagers.

Most teenagers long for the moment when they will escape their parents' influence and seeming obsession with do's and don'ts. Teenagers are often insecure and relate best with others of their own age, while their relation with adults can be uneasy. Even someone three years older seems to them to be of a different generation. There is a strong case to be made to approach teen driving in a very special way.

The first part is to know the facts.

Teenage drivers in Florida top the ranking of crash risk per mile traveled. Most fatal crashes in Florida involving teen drivers are caused by one or more of the following factors:

Distraction and driver errors are a cause of 59 percent of fatal crashes for 16-year-old drivers and 51 percent for drivers aged 17 to 19. Distraction has gone out of control with the use of smart phones.

Single-vehicle crashes, 51 percent of crashes for 16-year-olds and 49 percent for drivers aged 17 to 19 are mostly caused by a lack of comprehension of how vehicles react to turns, braking, acceleration, speed, wet or icy road pavement, etc.

Speeding is a factor in 33 to 34 percent of teenage driver fatal crashes.

Alcohol is one problem that increases with age, from 10 percent for 16-year-olds to 28 percent in the 17-19 age group and 48 percent for drivers aged 20 to 49.

Failure to use a seat belt is an aggravating factor among teenage drivers and passengers, leading to a higher fatality rate in crashes.

Driving at night almost doubles the fatal crash rate of teenage drivers. This is probably due as much to the difficulty of driving in obscurity as the excitement brought by nighttime activities.

In a separate article, we will clarify what parents can do to steer their teenagers through the excitement and dangers of driving.

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