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February 16, 2012

Safe Driving

by The Centinal

By: Omar Sharif

A driver’s license is one of the biggest status symbols Centennial High School students. It makes them feel more independent than ever before. Learning to drive is a huge passage rite for teenagers and their families. Although it is a time of great excitement, it is also a time of grave risk.

Teens that are between the ages of 15-24 have the highest risk of deaths associated to auto-mobile accidents. Even though they may be young, smart, and highly skilled, they are still the most accounted for among deaths in accidents.

The main responsibility of a driver is control a vehicle, and to do it safely! Everyone has an issue with distractions, including teenagers. Using cell phones for talking, texting, email, or other Internet use is a cause of accidents, which must avoided at all costs. Centennial students should be taught the dangers and involved in driving. They need to be explained to control their emotions, for example, road rage. This is common among teenage drivers everywhere. Other than basic driving classes, students should be exposed to defensive driving. Defensive driving essentially is utilizing safe driving techniques and being able to use them in a predictable manner. These strategies go beyond basic laws and procedures.  “I believe the percentage of teen drivers texting is even higher than studies reports,” Sophie Miller said. “It’s necessary that we take bigger steps by setting better examples for teenagers and maybe passing tougher laws.”

Even with safety equipment, however, reckless driving is still a danger for teenagers. Now a day with the advancement of technology, safety in cars has become a lot safer. Cars have many important safety features such as seat belts, cushioned seats, headrests, air bags, padded dashes, anti-lock brakes, and many other improvements. But all these features still cannot ensure the safety of any driver.

There are several reasons why many teenagers are involved in accidents each year. Driving after dark for example is a condition many teens are in. Driving techniques and skills are just being developed, and driving at night makes it tougher to cope with. Teenagers are also more better off driving by themselves. When with a friend, a teen can get highly distracted while driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol and other illegal substances are also contributions to the accidents that happen each year. Drinking slows reflexes and impairs one’s judgment. Cell phones and text messaging have rightly got a lot of media and legislative attention as unsafe distractions for teen drivers. There are many states that have just recently banned cell phone use by new teenage drivers. I believe parents should also make it a strict rule in their households too discourage cell phone usage while driving.

Keeping Centennial students to drive safely should be a goal for all of us. Practicing safe driving techniques and habits is the key to developing good driving skills. With more experience and better judgment better driving can be achieved.

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