Your family is together at a birthday party when you realize that you don't have any candles for the cake. You say you'll go get some, and your Grandpa says he could use some fresh air and offers to take you to the store. Then your cousin who just got his license says he wants to practice his driving skills and will give you a ride. Who should you go with?
According to statistics, one of these drivers is a safer bet.
There are people out there who complain that older drivers shouldn't be on the road, that they're too hesitant and don't react quickly enough. Other people say that young drivers are reckless and don't take the risk of a car accident seriously. So who's right?
If you judge based on numbers alone, young drivers – especially male teenage drivers – are the most dangerous drivers on the road:
Many parents say that the thought of their teenager behind the wheel puts their stomach in knots. This fear may be at least somewhat justified, as there are a number of factors that make teens more likely to be involved in car accidents. Some of these are hardwired into their young brains.
Teenage brains aren't fully matured, which can translate into impulsive decisions and poor judgment. Combined this with lack of driving experience and the freedom and responsibility of a vehicle, and you have a recipe for danger.
There are good drivers and bad drivers in every age group. No matter how old you are, you should do everything possible to prevent car accidents. This includes following all traffic laws, always wearing a seatbelt, staying distraction-free, and never driving drunk.
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