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Due to no fault of their own, youths (age 25 and younger), are by the very nature of their limited existence, less experienced and lacking in decision making.

Interestingly, the human brain hasn't fully developed until the mid twenties.

"The brain's frontal lobes represent the seat of logic and reason and function to enable people to use good judgment when solving problems or making decisions. Therefore, the brain's frontal lobes serve to balance our impulsive, instinctive, emotional reactions with rational thought. Because the frontal lobe is still maturing, youth are more vulnerable to their reactive emotions and therefore may act without thinking about the consequences of their actions." - MentalHelp.net

Understanding this, youths can compensate by being extra cautious instead of feeling invincible.

As a youth, I was acutely aware of how poor my driving was and thus decided to take an Advanced Driver's course.

It is my hope that youths will benefit from this course and I would love to hear from you, therefore please feel free to Contact me.

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Thinking Age Young

☠️ Why young drivers are dangerous

Young drivers face a number of dangers on the road, including:

  • Lack of experience: Young drivers typically have less experience than older drivers and may not be as familiar with the rules of the road or how to handle different driving situations.

  • Risk-taking behavior: Young drivers are more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior, such as speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving while distracted.

  • Peer pressure: Peer pressure can also be a factor in young driver safety. Young drivers may feel pressure to show off or impress their friends, which can lead to dangerous driving behaviors.

  • Immaturity: Young drivers may be more impulsive or emotional, which can impact their decision-making skills while behind the wheel.

  • Technology distraction: Young drivers are more likely to use electronic devices while driving, which can be a major distraction and increase the risk of a crash.

  • Fatigue: Young drivers may not always get enough sleep or rest, leading to fatigue and impaired driving.

  • Lack of seatbelt use: Young drivers are less likely to wear seat belts than older drivers, which can increase the risk of injury or death in the event of a crash.

It's important for young drivers to take steps to reduce these risks, such as getting enough sleep, avoiding distractions while driving, and following all traffic laws and regulations.

Parents can also play an important role in promoting safe driving habits by setting a good example, setting rules and limits for their young drivers, and monitoring their driving behaviors.

Additionally, driver education programs can help young drivers learn important skills and develop safe driving habits.

🛈 How to teach young drivers

Teaching young drivers how to drive safely is crucial for their development as responsible and skilled drivers. Here are some tips for teaching young drivers effectively:

  • Start with a Strong Foundation: Ensure that they understand the basic rules of the road, traffic signs and signals, and essential driving techniques before they start practicing behind the wheel.

  • Enroll in a Driver's Education Program: Consider enrolling the young driver in a formal driver's education program. These programs often include classroom instruction, practical driving lessons, and simulated driving experiences that provide a comprehensive learning experience.

  • Lead by Example: As an experienced driver, be a positive role model by consistently demonstrating safe driving practices. Follow traffic laws, avoid distractions while driving, and maintain a calm and patient attitude.

  • Practice Gradually: Begin with low-risk driving situations and gradually introduce more complex and challenging scenarios. Start in a parking lot or quiet residential area, then progress to busier roads, highway driving, and different weather conditions.

  • Focus on Defensive Driving: Emphasize the importance of defensive driving techniques, such as anticipating and responding to potential hazards, maintaining a safe following distance, and being aware of other road users.

  • Provide Clear Instructions: Give clear and concise instructions to the young driver, ensuring they understand what is expected of them. Encourage them to ask questions and seek clarification when needed.

  • Teach Hazard Perception: Help them develop the ability to recognize potential hazards and make proactive decisions. Discuss common road hazards, such as pedestrians, cyclists, and unpredictable drivers, and teach strategies for avoiding accidents.

  • Practice Communication Skills: Teach young drivers how to effectively communicate with other drivers through the use of turn signals, mirrors, and appropriate hand signals. Emphasize the importance of maintaining eye contact and using proper signaling during lane changes and turns.

  • Address Distractions: Discuss the dangers of distracted driving, including texting, talking on the phone, eating, or using electronic devices while behind the wheel. Encourage them to develop the habit of focusing solely on driving.

  • Provide Ongoing Guidance and Supervision: Even after they obtain their driver's license, continue to monitor their driving skills and provide feedback as needed. Offer guidance on challenging situations they may encounter on the road.

Remember that patience, encouragement, and constructive feedback are essential when teaching young drivers. Creating a supportive and safe learning environment will contribute to their growth as responsible and confident drivers.

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