There have been less fatal crashes among teens in these countries because of this, compared to other teenagers around the world. For the most part, sixteen and seventeen year olds don’t realize the importance and responsibility that comes when getting a drivers license. They feel it is something to play around with and don’t take it seriously. They consider there driver license as a way of being free. For instance, immaturity is a cause of being irresponsible. Because of this there are many accidents that happen that could have been prevented. Allan F.
Williams, an author for “Public Health Reports” writes about the characteristics all teenagers have in common. He observes that “Qualities generally associated with immaturity (such as chance taking, testing limits, poor decision-making, overconfidence) are associated with the more risky driving styles characteristic of teenage drivers”. Almost half of the accidents today caused by teenagers were linked to peer pressure and immaturity. Often, in teenagers’ lives, they look towards their friends for advice and guidance rather than their teachers, parents, and others. There are a lot of reasons for this and the biggest one is peer pressure.
Teenagers are at a stage in their lives where it isn’t cool to listen to mom and dad. They prefer fitting in with the social group from school land not consider there lives and the people who care for them. Therefore when their friends tell them things to do or say, they are more willing to do it just for the sake of fitting in. On the other hand, if the teens themselves craft and deliver safety messages, without fear of ostracism by their peers, lasting behavior modification can result. So in other words, teenagers’ peers and friends have the biggest influence on them than anyone else.
This is why it is hard for their behavior to be changed, but it could be done. It might be a stage that they are going through but nevertheless, teenagers also often think of themselves as invincible. Vice President Susan Ferguson, of research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says, “Once they get their license, it’s much more difficult to get teen-agers to listen to you”. But there are parents with big families who count on their teenagers to help with car pooling the younger children. By doing this, both the teen and the siblings lives could be put at stake.
The younger the driver, the scarier the statistics” writes Barbara Fields, an author of an article in the magazine “Better Homes and Gardens. ” It takes around two to three years before any driver is completely experienced. Even though when teenagers get their license, it frees parents from taking their child and their friends places, I think parents would rather hear their children complain about not getting their license for a couple of years, than have a dead child as a result of reckless driving. It is obvious that eighteen year olds are more mature than sixteen year olds.
According to Morris Chafetz, a writer for the “Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service”, he cites that “Fatality rates dramatically decrease once young drivers reach 18, as maturity and judgment come to the fore”. Even though this is only a two year gap between ages, it can make all the difference when a teen needs to make a quick decision while behind the wheel. 16-year-old drivers, have the highest fatality rates of all age groups; make more mistakes that lead to deadly crashes; and cause more deaths by speeding and traveling with multiple passengers of all age groups.
It is no wonder why there are so many accidents that occur today. Since once they feel they earn their driving license they believe they are able to do anything they wish, without measuring the consequence that may arise. Teenagers are young kids that believe they are fully grown and what they don’t realize they still have a whole life to experience. So why is the driver licensing age sixteen? Perhaps it is because parents and others who don’t want to inconvenient themselves, and battle with teenagers. This why there are millions of accidents involving more than two teenagers per vehicle.
It may be a little scary to think that a parents child may never come home again because of a result of careless driving by other teenagers. Letting this teenagers drive without having exceed their full potential lead to death. Also, earning a drivers license is, one of the most easily attained documents in the United States Because of this, there are many people that are able to get a license that don’t know how to drive very well. They are putting people out on the streets when they are not ready to make smart quick decisions when the time arises.