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There are a lot of monumental birthdays in a person’s life. Turning 16 is the first of many and it gives you the most freedom. Getting your drivers license allows you to be less dependant on others. It also gives you one of the greatest responsibilities at such a young age. You are constantly putting your life, as well as others, in your own hands. Gaining experience is beneficial in any aspect of life. Practicing driving, especially for teen drivers is key. Inexperience is one of many risks for teen drivers. Drivers with less than 18 months of experience are at 4 times the overall risk of crash or near-crash events. Inexperience plays a vital role in this statistic. On the contrary, the number of teen drivers killed via a motor vehicle crash has decreased by almost 50% over the last decade. Some factors to this particular statistic going down is the advances in vehicle safety, including seat belts.

Speed and risky driving is another danger while driving. Although you can argue that these could be brought up when talking about a driver of any age. According to AAP News & Journals, among fatal crashes involving 15 – to 20 teen drivers, speed was implicated in 36%. Some other risks while driving included different types of distractions. Those three examples are: visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive distractions.

Graduated driving licensing (GDL) laws have continued to be enforced as well. Meaning a teen driver is limited on how many people, outside of family members, he or she can drive with at a certain time. This cuts down on certain distractions behind the wheel. GDL hour and passenger limitations no longer apply when you turn 18. Two years of driving experience can play a monumental role in keeping young teens safe while driving.

While driving, getting from point A to point B is the goal and most important. With winter approaching make sure to always be cognitive of what is going on around you. Make sure to put yourself and others in the best possible position, not only while driving but also before hand as well.