Teens must take driving responsibility seriously


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Frances Nicole Tabios, Editorials Editor

At the age of 15 and a half, teens can apply for a learner’s permit. Shortly thereafter, a license. With a license, however, comes great responsibility.

Too many teens get so caught up in the freedom driving gives them that they often forget the responsibilities that come with driving an automobile. Driving is not being taken as seriously as it should.

According to dmv.org, teenage drivers are responsible for more auto accidents than any other age group.

In addition, teens are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults. The most notable dangers include texting while driving, drunk driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Speeding is also an issue. In fact, speeding is a problem for 1 in every 3 teens.

Investing in a safe-driving course is advised for teens who want to become safe drivers. The more practice teens have behind the wheel, the better. Knowing the rules of the road also reinforces safe driving.

By being better educated and gaining more experience and skills, teens can be more cautious on the road.

Driver distractions are a major cause of fatal crashes. Factors such as eating and drinking, conversations with passengers, and use of electronics are frequently involved in such crashes. These actions should always be relegated to non-driving time to avoid injury and possibly death. In 2013, over 2,000 teens 16-19 died in the U.S. because of vehicular crashes.

Many teens too often ignore the dangers that come with driving. That recklessness can lead to long-term consequences. Teens must come to the realization that driving is a privilege, not a right and they must take it seriously.

Driving is not merely a fun activity and a means of freedom but a functional, important part of life which can have serious impact on teen lives.