Preventing Teen Reckless and Distracted Driving

Kayla H

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Reckless and distracted driving has become a big issue in the United States. About 4,000 teens lose their lives in crashes each year and about 11 teens die every day in collisions. Something needs to be done to bring those numbers down. Reckless and distracted driving can be prevented. The first thing that can be done is to raise the age for a drivers permit. The age in my state, West Virginia, is 16 years old. I truly think that the age should be raised to at least 18. In my opinion, 16 year olds are not mature enough and do not have enough responsibility to be driving on their own. Once a teenager passes their driving test, most of the time parents just let them get in the car and take off. Statistics show that parents are the number one influencer of teens driving attitudes and behaviors. Ever since we were children we’ve been sitting in the back seat watching our parents drive us around. If our parents are driving around recklessly and not following the law when it comes to driving, we are most likely going to do the same thing when we get our own drivers license. Another big problem that causes distracted driving is texting and driving. At least 1 in 4 of all car collisions involves phone use. Teenagers do not understand how dangerous it is to text and drive. They see their parents, siblings, friends, and other people on their phones while driving so they think it’s okay. They think they’re only going to be looking down at the phone for a spilt second, but anything can happen within a few seconds. Also, to prevent reckless driving is to make every student take a drivers ed class while they are in high school. I would recommend them take it their senior year of high school because if they decide to raise the age to 18 for a drivers permit, they would be prepared to take their test that year. Everyone should be required to take a drivers ed class before they are even allowed to take their driving test.