Reckless Driving in Teens

Danielle G

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Danielle Gomez Reckless Driving I believe the main source of teenager’s reckless driving is negligence. Because teenagers are so young, they often carry a high amount of carelessness with them. Younger people often don’t take any consequences into consideration until damage has already been done. To adults, driving is usually seen as a task while teenagers typically see it more as a fun and freeing thing to do. Unfortunately, this problem is one that doesn’t usually get solved until they’re older and gain a sense of responsibility. Neurophysiologist Elizabeth Sowell stated that the frontal lobes of the brain, which are responsible for planning, organizing, and anticipating consequences, are the last to develop and may not mature until the person is 25 or older. Although this may be true, I think it is more than possible for teen drivers to be well educated and experienced on the road. There are many methods and options to ensure the safety of teens while driving. Despite the fact that teenagers carry full responsibility while driving, parents should ensure their teen driver is fully educated, experienced, and confident on the road. Parents can also regularly drive with their kid and visually confirm that their driving is safe. As far as teenagers contributing, an immense amount of consideration and awareness needs to be kept while on the road. All ignorance to the dangers of reckless driving must be eliminated in order to make the roads a safer place to be. I believe people should make driving safety a way bigger deal than it is considering the main cause of death in teenagers is car accidents. We need to constantly remind young drivers (old ones too) that with driving comes huge risk and responsibility. The lives of everyone else on the road can be in the hands of one irresponsible and reckless driver which is why safe driving is extremely important. Awareness needs to be raised and safe driving needs to be ensured so that we can minimize the number of accidents due to reckless driving.