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What makes teens a danger behind the wheel?

People often make jokes about teenagers who are learning to drive, saying the roads are less safe with a new driver behind the wheel. However, novice drivers may not be the teens you need to worry about sharing a road with you.

According to a recent study, teenage drivers who have been driving for at least a couple years are reportedly more dangerous than younger drivers are. There are a few reasons for this, including overconfidence.

How overconfidence puts teens in danger

An overconfident driver is more likely to take risks and break the rules than a driver who has a less inflated image of his or her abilities and safety on the road. Overconfidence makes drivers think they can do things like speed, follow others too closely and text and drive without posing a threat to others. The overconfidence combined with the relative inexperience of a teen driver can make them especially hazardous.

Other factors that make teens unsafe

In addition to their overconfidence, teen drivers can lack the understanding of consequences. Their brains are still developing, and they can still test boundaries and take risks older drivers know not to take.

They are also very susceptible to peer pressure, so they might engage in certain unsafe behaviors because others are doing it and/or egging them on.

What to do about it

It is crucial that parents remind teen drivers about the importance of driving safely every single time they get behind the wheel. It would also be wise to reiterate the fact that driving is a responsibility that requires focus and compliance with traffic laws no matter how old you are.

Unfortunately, some of these young drivers will not truly learn this lesson until they wind up causing a serious motor vehicle accident. However, you should not have to be responsible for their actions. You can file a legal claim to secure the compensation you deserve to repair or replace your car, treat your injuries and recover from a crash.

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