Teen Driving

Teen Driving
a short essay by Sara A. Crowe
Ever notice how so many teens are involved in car crashes? Teens are easily distracted and inexperienced. This is a major problem in today’s society. Car crashes are the leading cause of deaths for 15 – 20 year olds. About 8,000 teens die in crashes every year and another 350,000 are injured. There are many solutions to this problem such as P.R.I.D.E. and TADRA classes.

P.R.I.D.E. stands for Parents Reducing Incidents of Driver Error. This class’ objective is that teens will learn the consequences of high-risk driving behaviors; learn how to be safe and responsible drivers; and learn how to make good driving decisions. It teaches that a drivers’ license is a new responsibility to parents, the community, and the driver. A drivers’ license is a privilege not a right!

TADRA stands for Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act. This class directly addresses the leading killer of young people today, which is traffic crashes. The act significantly changes the way teen motorists earn and maintain the privilege of driving by providing a controlled means for new drivers to gain experience and by reducing high-risk driving situations. TADRA establishes graduated driver licensing for teens between the ages of 15 to 18, with 3 separate classifications. The first classification is a class “CP” license, or also called a learners’ permit. The next step is a class “D” license that restricts teens from driving between midnight and 6 a.m. The third step is a class “C” license, which has no restrictions. These steps give teen drivers a chance to gain experience and teach teens the dangers of distracted driving.

In conclusion, these classes will teach teens the responsibilities of driving and how important it is to be a safe driver. It is also important for parents to help teens learn the importance of safe driving. These classes should be mandatory. It would help reduce the fatalities of young people.

Sarah A. Crowe, a teen...