Monday, September 19, 2005

Teens or Seniors - Who are the worst drivers?

Please welcome Jeannie Davila from CarInsurance.Com who has written the below article to help us raise the awareness of both the teen and senior driver. Helping raise road awareness is something we do at Auto Safety Magnets.

There are two different groups of drivers that are considered the most dangerous on the road, the teens and seniors. The teens are young and are beginning to drive. They are learning about the rules that need to be followed on the road. There are also the seniors which even though they have more experience, their response time decreases significantly. By taking a look at the negative aspects of bad driving in each group we can come up with a conclusion of who is the worst driver - teens or seniors?

Seniors are the most experienced in driving, but with age they start loosing their senses. Hearing and lost of eyesight are the two major senses that people within the senior age group start loosing. The response time for seniors is longer thus making them less reliable. Their memory tends to be shorter as well.

Seniors usually do have more time to travel to their destination but because of the loss of senses and memory capabilities they get lost. This leads to a confusion that causes accidents, making them less reliable on the road.

Teens are beginning to drive they are trying to cope with school, work and rules. Teens have all of these issues to work with and not enough time to place them in order or to prioritize them. Teens sometimes are unable to decide right from wrong. Teens can be immature and do not have enough experience to figure out quick decisions and that all the responsibility that is needed to be structured in order to have a better and safe environment system on the road.

Teens are under peer pressure. This pressure can get them involved in street car racing to prove to others who is tougher. This is a game that only ends up being dangerous to all with consequences that leads to nothing but sadness to all of us that care because teens can hurt themselves, others that are racing or even unsuspecting passer-bys.

Teens are also into customizing their vehicle. Customizing can void or destroy most of the safety features the vehicle was built with originally. Teens are also a risk on the road because they also want to have fun. The teens do not think of the consequences of what their driving can do. Some teens drink alcohol and use drugs and still take off driving thus putting at risk all of us on the road.

Music is a big effect on teens. They listen to music that stimulates the brain and distracts them making the teen drivers less reliable on the road getting carry away. Teens are also distracting with calls on cell phones while driving. While a more experienced driver might be okay taking a call teens don't yet have the experience to deal with this extra item that takes away their focus on driving.

Another factor I must add is when teens are traveling in groups they tend to distract each other causing the driver to loss the focus on the road and that is when fatal accidents occurred. Teens have fatal accidents due to careless driving every year.

Think about the issues I discussed for both seniors and teenagers. Both groups have different sets of concerns. Both can make driving difficult on the road for us. Now I ask you, who are the worst drivers Teens or Seniors?

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