I would like to make a difference in the community by teaching others that they need to pay attention to the road and focus. Teens have many obstacles so you need to be wise and watch out around you. I would also like to help people around me.
While it’s hard to generalize about an age group, since some teens are more developed than others, scientists still suggest that, in general, teens specifically struggle to keep their cool in social situations. Apparently there is a part of YOUR brain (that’s a teen brain we’re talking about) that, as it becomes mature, helps in social situations. It’s called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and is involved in behavior control. More developed VPCs can help in uncomfortable social situations by helping you make better decisions – like not driving so fast or dangerously or not punching someone in the face when they make you mad. Scientists are super happy with this hint at the teen brain because understanding what makes you tick can also help keep you safe.
Most teens need 9.25 hours of sleep a night, so make it a rule and habit to turn off electronics and the lights by 10:30pm, then bump it to 10pm, then 9:45pm. That way, if you have to wake up by 7am you will get plenty of sleep. If you need to wake up earlier, then get to bed earlier. Not every teen needs this much sleep, so you can make changes so it’s right for you, but don’t get any less than 8.5 hours of sleep a night. You need at least this much.
Are you familiar with the new GDL Laws in Texas? If you have or are a teen driver, you should be. There are a couple of changes that will help save the lives of Texas teens.
Teens in the Driver Seat® offers the annual Driving the Message Contest to California, Connecticut, Georgia, Nebraska and Texas students to encourage teens to speak up and save a life. You can win cash for your school by submitting a winning video or poster. Sponsored by State Farm and AAA.
New research suggests that novice teenage drivers (age 15-17) are about eight times more likely than young adult drivers (age 18-24) to have a fatal crash if teenage passengers are in the motor vehicle. Moreover, that teen passenger risk has grown greater over the past decade, even as total numbers of crash deaths have dropped dramatically for young drivers.
The analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) looked at ten years of national data on fatal crashes in which teen passengers (age 13-17) were present at the time of the crash. Researchers then compared patterns for novice drivers with those of young adult drivers to arrive at a “relative risk index” to illustrate the greater danger faced by the youngest drivers as compared to those with a few years of driving experience.
What is the contest that awards schools for spreading the message about safe driving and saving lives? It’s the Annual Teens in the Driver Seat Cup! Points are awarded for being active and participating in the program. How easy is that?!? Well, get your game face on and take a look at your state’s rules and point system and get McCrackin; there are points to be earned and cash and prizes to be won!