Teen drivers should take driving very seriously considering teen drivers are involved in fatal car accidents at four times the rate of adult drivers. Car accidents are `the number one leading cause of death among college students. Whether a student is in high school or college, teens from the age of 15-20 are involved in fatal car accidents. Teen accidents are usually caused by texting and driving, driving under the influence, or high speed fatal crashes. I have witnessed myself , students from my high school and other high schools around me that have died from fatal car accidents. Car accident prevention begins with helping teens gain the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to stay safe on the road.
Preventing teen accidents parents can easily educate their kids before they start driving about how dangerous driving can be. In the article, “Safe Driving” by Orlanda B. Boise she says, “By instilling safe habits early on, parents can help protect the wellbeing of their teen drivers and set them up with good driving habits for life.” ( Boise 6). This shows how parents can help their teens drive safely by teaching them safe habits. Not only parents but anyone can use their voice to educate another on road safety.
Another way to help prevent teen accidents is to teach teens safety tips on how to drive safely. In the article, “Safety Tips to Avoid Texting and Driving” by Liz Soltan, she says, “Stow your phone somewhere you can’t peek at it or try putting it in the glove compartment.” (Soltan 2). Soltan shows us multiple tips on how to avoid the urge of texting and driving. If a teen cannot hear or see their phone the less likely they will text and drive.
I believe the most important diagnoses to teen accidents is simply spreading awareness on how teen car accidents are very serious. In the article, “Preventing and Reducing Underage Drinking” by Nathaniel P. Marquis, he shares a tips on how we can prevent drinking and driving; he shares, “Engage parents and other caregivers, schools, communities, all levels of government, all social systems that interface with youth, and youth themselves in a coordinated national effort to prevent and reduce underage drinking and its consequences.” (Marquis 34). Marquis states that we should spread awareness through every source to help address solutions to a problem. Powerful sources and role models teens are around everyday should help spread that awareness about road safety. Also in the article, “Another World Is Possible” by Dwight N. Hopkins, he says “A tiny word that speaks volumes for the sake of a kinder, safer world.” (Hopkins 26). This quote explains that using your voice can help shape the world.
Although, I had presented the reasons how teens can avoid texting and driving to a student counselor in the Language Arts Success Center at Chaffey College. I had showed her the safety tip to put your phone somewhere you can’t see it , and she had said, “Well actually that won’t keep me from using my phone, you know?”. Letting her know that it should keep her from her phone and warning her the dangers and consequences that could happen if she does use it might change her mind. Teens shouldn’t be afraid to tell other teens what the right thing to do is. Spreading awareness to anyone and everyone can help people be aware of how serious of a problem this is.
In final analysis, teen car accident prevention begins with helping teens gain the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to stay safe on the road. Everyone should use their voice in spreading awareness about teen accidents or provide knowledge to teens on road safety.
Liz Soltan, “safety Tips to Avoid Texting While Driving” google Scholar, Digital Responsibility, Par. 2, http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/safety-tips-to-avoid-distracted-driving/
Nathaniel P. Marquis, “Preventing and Reducing Underage Drinking” New York Nova Science Publishers Inc. 2009, ch.4 , Pg 34 http://web.b.ebscohost.com.chaffey.idm.oclc.org/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/bmxlYmtfXzMzMzc1OV9fQU41?sid=a9fcffbc-ce2c-44f7-b2c8-df4d6ab170ab@sessionmgr103&vid=3&format=EB&rid=1
Dwight N. Hopkins, “Another world is Possible” London Rotledge 2009, http://web.b.ebscohost.com.chaffey.idm.oclc.org/ehost/detail/detail?vid=6&sid=a9fcffbc-ce2c-44f7-b2c8-df4d6ab170ab%40sessionmgr103&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=929271&db=nlebk