Owing to the fact that they have just been given their license and thus don’t have hours and hours of driving experience under their belts, teenagers are in far more danger than adults at being involved in a car accident. But a new report discusses three things that can be done to combat statistics which show that teens are 50% more likely to be in a crash in their first month than after their first year.
The first thing that must be done is to teach teens about the specific dangers of distracted driving. Driver education courses reportedly only focus on distracted driving in 18 states in the country, and most of the time this education is relegated to a short speech. Direct education on this topic could save lives.
Proponents of better education also want more emphasis put on what’s known as situational awareness. This involves teaching new drivers to focus five to ten seconds ahead in order to analyze threats that might present themselves in the near future.
Many believe that not enough of an emphasis is placed on hazardous driving situations and how to correct said incidents. They believe teenagers need to have hands-on experience with how to correct panic stops and skidding situations.
As a car accident attorney in San Jose, I think that any of these steps would be beneficial to drivers. It’s my wish as a San Jose personal injury lawyer that teens are fully prepared to deal with potentially dangerous roads.