For most teens, getting a driver’s license is exciting and liberating. But for their parents, it can be an anxiety-filled time. That’s because motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and teens are four times more likely to be in a crash than older drivers.
All teens are at risk for an accident because the leading crash risk is inexperience. Most teen crashes occur in the first six months of having a license.
That’s why all 50 states have some form of graduated drivers licensing (GDL), which restricts when and how teens can drive. For example, GDLs limit the number of passengers a teen driver can have in the first year of licensure. Restrictions vary by state, but all are designed to keep teens out of high-risk driving situations, while giving them a chance to gain experience in lower-risk situations.
Post by MichiganDashcam on Mar 31, 2014 17:22:38 GMT -5
The main problem is as DontDentMyCar said, ATTITUDE. There are plenty of good teen drivers, but too many bad ones. Its not that they are bad drivers, but that they act like they are the best drivers in the world.
My top 5 tips:
1. NEVER be the fastest, especially if you are a teen, you WILL get pulled over. 2. Don't think you are the best, you heard of Ken Block? 3. Yes, blasting music distracts you, don't do it 4. You are not an F1 driver, slow down a bit through sharp corners 5. Yes, a cop will pull you over for running a stop sign, not using a signal, etc. a lot of cops love pulling over teens, so they will find a reason to pull you over. Don't give them one!
Post by Bad Drivers of the DC Area on Mar 31, 2014 17:48:21 GMT -5
I have only one tip:
Don't be like the kids on my school:
One got pulled over for doing 90mph and trying to race with the undercover cop (Yep..)
And another was late for class at lunch, so he was speeding and going thru red lights and stop signs. Then the cops started chasing him, he literally parked his car, ran to class and the cops got on the classroom. Same classroom I was on, lol.
Both of them lost their license and their parents were not happy. I think I'm the only responsible driver in my school. I've been told ''Why are you going so slow?'' while going just over the speed limit.
Currently driving: '15 Corolla LE '13 Honda CR-V EX AWD
Post by DashCamExtraordinaire on Mar 31, 2014 19:25:39 GMT -5
I also believe that attitude is everything when it comes to being on the road. My nephew is 13 and becoming interested in learning how to drive. I've showed him som dash cam videos and he asked "Is it really that bad out on the road ?" I told him that it can be at times, but you have to be completely aware at all times. I told him about this forum and I'm hoping he will join. I know he can learn a lot about what not to do on the road.
Post by georgiacammer on Mar 31, 2014 20:41:33 GMT -5
Yep, all about attitude, doesn't really matter the age. But I think teens especially are prone to thinking that safe driving techniques (such as shoulder checking, signalling...) are only for beginners.
Many weekend fatal accidents involving teenagers happened because teen drivers didn't aware about car's roadholding changes caused by added load.
Usually they drive alone or with 1-2 passengers on board, so the modern car behaves nicely, crispy, turns with easy, has a lot of grip, goes exactly where they want and feels 'I-can-do-everything'. Because it's almost unladen.
On weekends teens pick-up friends. The pack rides to party, club, cinema, whatever... They 'fill up' the car with passengers. And the load.
The first urgent maneuver, or curved highway ramp attacked little too fast, or crooked driving lane on a bend, may awake the surprisingly heavy weight on steering wheel, cause the scary bodyroll sometimes and huge oversteer. The next (easier) step is the slide, spin, lost of control and accident finally.
Teens don't expect that familiar & tamed Mummy's car will behave unlike as usual, because extra load.
The driving is alike Chinese learning. It's lifelong.
Post by DontDentMyCar on Dec 28, 2014 15:29:05 GMT -5
Good points all, and 130rapid too. Never thought about the weight of extra passengers… a vehicle with 4 extra passengers can easily add 500 to 750+ pounds. That means longer stopping lengths and slower driving around corners.
Just a note, in my day of 'road trips' one thing was always consistent, respect for the drivers' space and allowing them to stay on focus. We went to the Kentucky Derby, Boston, DC, Chicago, NYC and other places and had a great time, but not in the car .
We even got pulled over once doing 69 in a 65. I think the cop thought it was going to be his lucky day, a car full of college guys, but the same respect we showed our driver paid off with the respect we showed the officer and he let us go on our way.
I still remember my scary episode, around 15-20 years ago, driving parents' 1989 Opel Kadett Caravan. Probably it was one of my first long run with heavy (inanimate) load on back, around 700 lbs, still under max weight limit. Drove as fast as usual. Until... When going through some familiar, long & nice curve, the car - which usually had nice neutral-to-mild-understeer driving characteristic - surprisingly oversteered. Ups... (almost chocolate in pants)... I did any nervous move, didn't disturb the balance more and nothing really wrong happened next.
However the homework was done, Opel didn't surprise me again, I learnt it's quite prone to load change. It was significant flaw in many lightweight cars, less noticable in bigger & modern. Opel weighted 2300 lbs (with driver) and 700 lbs extra (almost 30 %) made difference.
Citroen Xantia is Kadett's inverse. The golden nugget is self-leveling suspension, so always working with optimal cinematics, regardless current load and weight distribution. The rear axle has passive wheels steering feature (the special bushes allow wheels to make little parallel turn under cornering forces), to subdue usual FWD understeer. Works perfectly.
Last Edit: Jan 21, 2015 6:03:35 GMT -5 by 130rapid
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