Teen Driving Safety

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

"Inexperience, of course. Also being overconfident. "

Two big downfalls of teenage drivers. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety car accidents are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds.

A lot of it has to do with their minimal time behind the wheel.

"I was afraid to go by cars because I was afraid they were going to hit me. And every time I would drive by a car in the other lane I would freak out," says Frontier High School Senior Austin Amos.

But over time that anxious feeling is replaced.

"Yeah I feel a lot more comfortable and confident," he says.

These kids suffer from a lot of the same bad driving habits as more experienced drivers.

"If people were to describe your driving habits what would they say?"

"Road rage," says recent Fort Frye graduate Spencer Bradford.

"I have a bit of a lead foot I guess," says Amos.

This age group causes around 20% of accidents nationwide. And some of that can be attributed to their lack of focus.

"Well when they're in there by themselves they have nothing else to do but their driving task and Ohio has helped by eliminating a lot of people in the car. When their friends are in there they're thinking about everything but their driving task," says Pioneer Driving School Manager Dolores Holiday.

But not every teen can be branded unsafe.

"No I don't text or talk on the phone when I drive. I don't cause I'm afraid I am going to get in a wreck and seriously injure someone or kill someone," says Amos.

"I've heard of so many accidents with texting and driving and it's really not worth it," says Bradford.

Wise words from new drivers.

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