Novice drivers are more likely to be killed in crashes than adults. In fact, the per–mile fatality rate for 16 year old is approximately 10 times that of adults.
- New drivers learn both good and bad driving habits mostly through experience.
- Novice drivers are less likely to stay focused, scan their surroundings effectively, identify potential hazards early, and make tough decisions quickly.
- Teen drivers perceive less risk in specific violations and dangerous situations, but more risk in relatively routine situations.
- Novice drivers usually drive too fast and too close to others, have unrealistic confidence in their own abilities, and leave inadequate safety margins in traffic.
- Teen drivers are less likely to wear their safety belts because they don't view preventive measures as important.
- Teen drivers are more likely to get in a crash when drinking and driving because their lack of experience behind the wheel cannot compensate for their impaired senses and judgment.
- Teens are more likely to overload a car, leading to high fatalities in a crash. Sixty–three percent of fatally injured teen passengers were killed in cars driven by other teens.
- Peer pressure and driver overconfidence lead teens to believe risky driving is rewarding and cool.
10 Common Driving Mistakes
- Excessive speed
- Failure to wear seat belt
- Distraction inside the vehicle
- Inadequate defensive driving techniques
- Incorrect assumptions about other roadway users
- Tailgating or not leaving enough space between vehicles
- Driving while fatigued, angry, or impaired by alcohol or other drugs
- Failure to check blind spot before changing lanes
- Failure to allow enough time or space to merge, leave, or cross traffic.
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