A new year usually brings new laws. In 2010 one such law requires anyone under 18 to have parental consent to tan indoors, and those under the age of 16 and a half years are not allowed to tan indoors.
If you think indoor tanning is harmless, or that this law is unfair, think again. Researchers have found that indoor tanning can increase your risk for getting skin cancer later in life.
Now you’re probably asking yourself, what does tanning have to do with safe driving?
Research also shows that in a teenage brain, areas that assess risks and decision-making are the last to fully develop. That means you may not care that your chance for skin cancer has increased by using an indoor tanning bed, or you may not think about the risks associated with speeding, not buckling up, or other risky driving behavior.
It is important to be fully informed before you get into any type of situation that has the potential to be dangerous. So read up about indoor tanning before you jump into a tanning bed. And read up on the major dangers for teen drivers before you get behind the wheel.
So how would you feel if lawmakers decided to change the driving age?
Let’s talk about it in the comments section.