For the past two days the parental focus has been on the ins and outs of teenage drivers. A survey conducted by Driving-Tests.org has shown us some very interesting information indeed. Today we will conclude the discussion with the key takeaways, conclusions and the survey results and summation.
Key Takeaways & Conclusions:
1. Parents should lead by example when teens are in the car by wearing a seatbelt, putting their cell phones away and focusing on the road.
2. Talk to teenagers about responsible driving. Emphasize the risks of distracted driving along with the dangers of drinking and driving. Consider a parent-teen driving contract to increase awareness.
3. Consider registering your teen for a defensive driving class or allocating additional time to highway driving in traffic, at higher speeds and around trucks.
While teenagers generally understand the dangers and responsibilities of driving, future research is needed to explore ways to help teens become safer drivers and how to increase effectiveness in setting, promoting, and monitoring safety standards.
Survey Results & Summary (all respondents):
1. What are teenagers’ biggest fears about driving?
· 36% - Being involved in an accident, crash or wreck
· 22% - Unpredictability of and interaction with other drivers
· 23% - Parallel parking, turning, highways, driving around trucks
· 6% - Getting lost or feeling confused
2. What is the hardest part of learning how to drive?
· 24% - Understanding the words and language on the driver’s test
· 16% - Developing the right driving skills
· 12% - Feeling nervous, overcoming the emotional pressure
3. What is the most dangerous thing to do when driving?
· 63% - Texting
· 12% - Talking on a cellphone
· 10% - Drinking & driving
4. Fear & anxiety play a role in teenage drivers
· 14% - “I am fearful about driving”
· 12% - “Emotional pressure makes it hard to drive”
· 5% - “I am afraid of killing someone or injuring my passengers”
5. What is the most dangerous thing you see your parents do while driving?
· 34% - Texting
· 21% - Failure to focus on the road due to interior distraction
· 19% - Using a cell phone
· 13% - Safety violations such as not wearing a seatbelt or driving with knees.
· 8% - Aggressive driving
6. What aspects of driving are teenagers most excited about?
· 27% - Freedom & independence
· 25% - Increased mobility & access to transportation
· 14% - I am not excited to drive, I am fearful
· 9% - Getting to work, going to school and helping to transport family members
With these conclusive results, parents of teens can work toward helping their child by setting a good example, keeping communication open and helping their child overcome their fears by practice. Being able to ascertain this information from a reliable source may just save your child’s life when they are behind the wheel of an automobile.