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Three F’s Of Teen Driving: Facts, Fears, And Freedom
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Turning 15.5 years old is one of the highest points of one’s life, simply because it is the minimum driving age to begin the process of driver’s ed. This age group, most commonly referred to as teenagers, has many social stigma attached, some positive, some negative. Most of all, teenage driving is engulfed with thoughts and words like safety, insurance premium, driver’s ed, independence, and rules. Lets talk about this topic breaking it down into the three F’s of teenage driving, facts, fears, and freedom.

Facts

Here are a few bleak statistics on teenage driving—can you guess which age group has the highest car accident rates than drivers of any other age? Sixteen, of course! Similarly, 16 year-olds are three times more likely to die in a car accident than any other age group of drivers. This is due to a myriad of factors; however, speeding seems to be the primary cause of accidents. Speeding is the number one cause of fatal car crashes amongst 16-19 year-old drivers. Speeding is also the most popular type of traffic violation among this age group.

Fears:

As a result of these horrific statistics, it is unexpected that parents are typically fearful and nervous when their child reaches 15.5 years-old. On top of the emotional strain, we have the financial strain. Car insurance premium can increase by 50% and even as high as 200% by simply adding a teenage driver to the policy. Not all families or teenagers can afford this type of insurance premium. It can be quite scary to get your first car insurance quote while holding your breath! Another type of fear is driving on the freeway. How frightening is it to control a machine, like a vehicle, that can be deadly, at a speed of 65mph? I’m sure it doesn’t help with other drivers tailgating you or cutting you off either.

Freedom:

Oh yes, the beauty of freedom, to get from place to place independently and conveniently. Well, this freedom does not come cheap and is attached to many other requirements. First and foremost, responsibilities! Driving as a teenager is a privilege, especially if the teenager did not purchase the car or is not paying for the insurance. Driving is not a right, it is an opportunity to learn and grow into an experienced and safe driver. It’s all part of adulthood, unfortunately this one, driving, comes at a higher price tag and risk factor.

What are some ways to deal with the three Fs of teenage driving? The facts are facts, so the best way is to be aware of them and be careful and not become part of the statistics. The best way to deal with the fears of car accidents is to be equipped with information, knowledge, skills, and maturity. Taking a driver’s education class is the start of the learning process—don’t forget to check if the class is DMV authorized. Make sure the driver’s ed class provides you with resources before, during, and after you complete the course so that you can always go back to it for a refresher. One of the added bonus of taking this class is the insurance discount that can be as high as 15%! Freedom comes hand-in-hand with responsibilities. There’s a reason why new teenage drivers must drive with an adult, and not other teenagers.


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