Learning to drive is a major rite of passage for teens (and their parents). It's a time of exciting possibilities and achievements. It's also a time of grave risk.
Driving is fatal for almost 50,000 Americans every year. Those between ages 15 and 24 (especially males) have the highest rate of auto-related deaths, even though people in this age group may be smart, skilled, and have great reflexes. A collision is the most likely tragedy to kill or cripple a teenager.
The following situations are the particularly dangerous for new teen drivers:- After dark.
- When driving with friends.
- With recreational driving.
- When not buckled-up.
- When drowsy.
- After drinking alcohol. ALWAYS find someone to drive who has not been drinking -- even if this means making an uncomfortable phone call.
- After the useof marijuana or any other illegal drug or any prescription drug that is sedating.
- When distracted.
For more information and some tips on how to handle these situations read the full story here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001930.htm