Teen drivers make many mistakes while behind the wheel due to inexperience. Some of the main mistakes they make are:
- Following too Closely – Many teenagers follow too close to the vehicle in front of them. Rule of thumb is keep 10 feet distance for every 10 miles per hour.
- Speeding – Teenagers have been reported to drive an average of 1.3 mph faster than adults.
- Distractions – Texting and driving, talking on the cell phone and loud music are just a few of the distractions that teens subject themselves to while driving. These distractions can cause serious accidents and in some cases lead to fatalities.
- Unnecessary Risks – Teenagers commonly do things while driving without thinking. They often switch lanes without looking, ignore traffic signs and signals and don’t follow the speed limit.
- Not Using Their Seat-Belt – A survey done back in 2006 stated that 24% of teens don’t buckle up while driving.
- Over packing the Car – Overcrowding a car is not only against the law, but teens often drive faster and more aggressive when a car is packed.
Young drivers commonly make these mistakes and many more. It is best if you take the time and patience to teach your teen how to drive. It can be frustrating, but it can help make them a better driver and reduce accidents, injuries and tickets.