Each year, many Florida teens anxiously await getting their driver’s licenses. Once they have them, they are free to hit the road. However, teen drivers face specific risks every time they get behind the wheel.
Teen drivers are inexperienced, which poses risks to them and everyone else on the road. They may not know how to react in certain situations and might even make mistakes while maneuvering on the road. Although time and practice can make everyone a better driver, it might take a few years before teens are comfortable and confident behind the wheel.
Texting while driving
Teens are often glued to their phones, so texting while driving is a huge risk. There might be a fear of missing out or the teen driver believes they can handle this type of multitasking, but in reality, texting while driving is a recipe for disaster. Even taking their eyes off the road for five seconds could lead to a deadly car crash.
Speeding is a huge factor in car accidents involving fatalities. Teens often feel invincible and enjoy taking risks, so they might drive a few miles over the speed limit and think they’re in control. However, speeding makes it harder to control the vehicle and stop when necessary and increases the risk of a crash.
Driving under the influence
Although many teens walk the straight and narrow, others dabble in alcohol and drugs. When a teenager consumes these substances and then gets behind the wheel, it puts them in serious danger of an accident. Some kids might even think they drive fine while impaired, but driving under the influence can be deadly for everyone.
Driving with peers
Teen drivers can face risks while driving with peers. Things might get rowdy during conversation and the driver can easily become distracted. Teens are also more likely to take risks and their passenger friends might dare them to do something dangerous while driving.
Teen drivers don’t have to get into accidents. Parents should instill responsibility in their kids when they start driving.