A Click Away

Brenda L


Isn’t it funny how a single glance away from the road can end your life? How can a simple look at the glass box ensure you no longer see your loved ones? Or how funny it was when you watched the video of two cats chasing a dog during the Interstate? Isn’t it all hilarious how a single press of a button can make you lose control of your vehicle? No, it’s not. Being distracted on the road is no laughing matter. Every day lives are being lost due to no self-control when it comes to road safety. Put your phone away, turn the radio down, learn the safe way to drive. Don’t be one of the casualty numbers that go up every day. Make sure death isn’t a click away.


What controls people’s everyday lives and is something that cannot be escaped from? Technology is an influential tool used the majority of all people, in which is established everywhere and cannot be banned or called an end for. In the spectrum of good vs. bad, technology is seen differently depending on the view of people. Technology has been seen in both saving and ending lives. One of the leading causes of deaths in the United States is reckless driving caused by being distracted. This can be by looking at a phone, listening to the radio too loudly, glancing to look at something nearby, applying makeup in the car, etc. The main one is looking at a cellphone which leads back to technology is a major cause of death. Is a simple tweet worth a life? A way to ensure road safety is locating the group of people that are being most affected by this problem. Essentially, this group of people is known as teenagers. Teens and young adults are the ones who are most vulnerable to road safety as they are the youngest of drivers and are easily distracted by their phones and other things. A way to change this is not by increasing the driving age, but rather teaching them the driving responsibility. If we keep the driving age at sixteen then teens will learn how to become independent and responsible, will be able to gain a head start and experience while driving, and will learn how to drive more safely. Without the early learning of driving, teenagers miss the opportunity of becoming responsible from an early age, not to mention it is also a growing experience for a teen to look forward to. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states, “… Getting a driver’s license makes the adolescent feel more independent. Parents no longer have to do the driving- the teen can get to places on his or her own… Supervised behind-the-wheel driving experience is the key to developing necessary habits and skills for safe driving. Parents who work with their teens will help them gain the needed experience and judgment.” By letting teenagers drive from an early age, it will impact their confidence and have a trust connection with the people who trust them the most. Driving from an early age will not only ensure responsibility within teenagers but also give them a head start. Not getting enough experience and a head start in driving can often lead to crashes and accidents. According to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Teen Drivers Source, “Critical driver errors due to inexperience also contribute significantly to crashes. For this reason, parents should focus not only on reducing their teen driver’s exposure to risky driving conditions but also on teaching higher order driving skills along with the basics mechanics of driving.” Gaining an early head start in driving will not only give teens a driving experience but also teach them about safety. Many people believe that raising the age of teen driving will cause fewer accidents, however, studies have shown that there are other groups of people who have the same amount of accidents. Karen Sternheimer is a sociologist who studied at the University of California who said, “Federal data from 2207 showing that driver ages from twenty-five to thirty-four, as well as those ages forty-five to sixty-four, were nearly twice as likely to be involved in alcohol-related fatalities as sixteen to twenty-year-old drivers.” This evidence shows that teenagers are not the only ones being involved in accidents and that anybody can be involved in car related accidents. We must teach teen how to drive safely in order to ensure that they are worthy of being put behind the wheel.