The end is finally here. You have taken your last final, gone to your last pep rally and sat through your last study hall as a high school student. You are ready to take the next step, whether that is college, trade school or the working world. But remember that even though you’re leaving high school, you’re still a teen and still an inexperienced driver.
The five major crash dangers still apply to you, which is why it is especially important to know what they are:
- Driving at night – 60 percent of teen fatalities occur AT NIGHT between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. This is due to decreased visibility, and fatigue and can lead to decreased reaction time and impair judgment.
- Speeding – More than half of teen crashes involve speeding. If you double your speed, say from 30 to 60 mph, your braking distance becomes FOUR times as long.
- Distractions – A driver who uses their cell phone while driving is four times more likely to get into a crash. Six out of ten teens text while driving. You do the math.
- Not buckling up – Two-thirds of teen drivers and passengers who died in car crashes weren’t wearing their seat belts. Also only 25 percent of teens buckle up when they’re in the back seat. Your seat belt is there for a reason—use it!
- Drinking while driving – When you drink your judgment is severely impaired and you’re more likely to take huge risks, especially while you’re driving. We all know that drinking and driving is stupid, so don’t do it.
Congratulations on graduating, Class of 2010! Be safe out there. For more information about the five major crash dangers for teen drivers, check out the dangers section on t-driver.com.