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Texas is ranked as the worst state for teen drivers

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2022 | Uncategorized |

Teen drivers in Texas are the most at risk of a crash while on the road. The state ranks as the most dangerous for younger drivers when compared to teen drivers in other states.

Why is Texas so dangerous for teen drivers?

Teen drivers are more prone to deadly accidents in Texas. This is especially true during the summer when more kids hit the roads and some are even just getting their driver’s license during that season. In the summer, teens are more likely to be unsupervised while behind the wheel, which increases the risk of accidents. Teens aged 16 and 17 are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than adults in the state.

What factors lead to so many teen driver accidents?

Certain factors lead to more teen driver accidents. Teens are less experienced behind the wheel than adults, so they’re less likely to be able to identify dangerous situations and more prone to making poor judgment calls while driving.

In addition, teens often drive with their friends as passengers. As a result, it increases the risk of a crash. The passenger’s presence might lead to a situation of peer pressure to be more daring while driving, which can pose danger.

Around 40% of car accidents involving teen drivers occur during the night. Due to their inexperience, a teen might not be as aware as an adult about the proper use of their headlights or brights. They can become more easily disoriented driving in the dark and have an accident.

Distracted driving is another huge problem for teen drivers. They are more likely to sneak a peek at their cellphone, eat, fiddle with music controls and pay more attention to conversations with passengers. All of these things can increase the risk of serious car accidents.

Teens feel invincible. Some might not put on their seat belts when they get in their vehicles, but it can have deadly consequences if they get into an accident. Reckless driving is also common among teen drivers can lead to deadly crashes. It’s important for teen drivers in Texas to exercise caution if they want to avoid accidents.