Reckless Driving Solution
Reckless driving is a broad statement of a multitude of things. Teens texting and driving, or making more dangerous driving decisions when teenagers are with their friends. Another example of reckless driving can happen with adults as well. The solution I propose for texting and driving is to not only market the risks of texting and driving to teens, but to parents and adults as well. The solution I’ve though about for dangerous decisions revolving teenagers and their friends is to warn new drivers early on about peer pressure and the drastic affect of peer pressure. A new resolution for adults and their reckless driving will hands down be the most difficult problem to solve, seeing as adults have more experience in driving, they cannot be as influenced.
Texting and driving has been a problem for years, almost decades, as soon as the firsts cellular and mobile phone became normalized. Now, plastic posters all over school walls show a person with their eyes averted from the road and turned to their phone, oblivious to the potential carnage in front of them. Paper posters are hastily taped on brick, with thick bold letters claiming that it can wait, and that our life is more important than one text. Teachers and adults drive it into their brains, and yet teenagers still continue to text while driving. Why? Because those same teachers, parents and adults do the very thing they’re warning us about. Texting and driving. When teenagers learn to drive, they look up to adults for guidance. But when they see others text while the car is in motion, it becomes very normalized for them. Even as a child I watch my mother text someone at a red light, or call someone while she’s going 45 mph. My father is the worst. He practically checks Facebook and email while he’s driving. It’s extremely normal to see in everyday life. I believe that a helpful solution to this problem is to target the older generation. Talk to them about how important their influence is to teens and children. I’ve heard a thousand times that I am a role model to my sisters, that they follow me. Marketers and advertisers should remind adults that even though teens are becoming more and more independent every day, parents and adults will always be our role models, and they have to set a good example. Reckless teen driving is a more difficult problem to face. Everyone knows that around friends you become a different driver than when you’re alone. I myself have been reckless around friends, like going over the speed limit or stopping extremely close to them. It’s intoxicating and fun to drive with friends, with the windows rolled down, the radio blasted, laughing and shouting over the beat. The best solution is to talk to young drivers early. Talking to teens and explaining the dangers of reckless driving with friends will open their eyes, helping them make better decisions. An example of this, was creating a Reproduction Education that is not rooted in abstinence, but in safe sex and safe procedures and warnings. Teen pregnancies have lowered, now knowing the right steps to take before engaging in sex. That very solution can help reckless driving. Teenagers have minds, and are very smart and understanding. Explaining to them the dangers of reckless driving, and not just ordering them not to do something, will do wonders with teens and their driving. When a person hears reckless driving, or texting and driving, they imagine teenagers or think about them. That is more often then not adding fuel to the raging fire, blaming teenagers on their driving skills and simple driving procedures. I firmly believe that adults are more reckless than teenagers. Despite having mass experience with driving, car crash statistics have more adults involved in crashes than teenagers. Because of their ‘experience’, adults become careless, their basic reflexes not exercised like in teens. Reaction time becomes slowed, and because of their carelessness, their lazy driving can become deadly. Adults also have more temptations while driving, like alcohol, and independence. The legal drinking age is 21, and many law-abiding teens follow that law, driving sober, alert. Adults get into numerous drunk driving crashes, crashes that can mess up a family. My manager at work described how a drunk driver crashed into the car filled with his family. His father, sister and himself dealt with broken bones, wounds and scars, while his mother’s leg and femur were broken in multiple places, and how even now she has pins and screws in her bones. Independence is another underrated factor in adult reckless driving. Teenagers have parents, or guardians that watch over them. Teens avoid all crashes or driving mistakes, not wanting to get hurt or get in trouble. Most teens also pay for their own car, whether it be the insurance, gas, or the entire car. Because of the lack of a full time job, or even a job at all, teenagers save everything they have for a car, and can’t afford to get in a crash and have their car totaled. Adults do not have to answer to anyone, and typically save money better than a teenager, along with better insurance and insurance rates. I propose that everything we do to inform teenagers the dangers of texting and driving, and reckless driving, should be presented to adults as well. I do assume that backlash will happen with this plan, given that adults become ‘set in their ways’, where their way of driving has worked just fine for them and they are not accustomed to changing their driving procedures. I would recommend bringing attention to the points I’ve listed before, where adults greatly affect teenage driving and younger generations learning to drive.