Allowing your teenager to have the freedom to drive him or herself to designated destinations around your Tennessee community can be a bit overwhelming at times. While you acknowledge that you cannot control every single decision they make, you are concerned about allowing such young drivers to have a complete reign of a vehicle. Understanding the risk factors that they face, and significantly more than other drivers because of their age, may allow you to make wiser decisions as a parent in the way you discipline and educate your young teenage drivers.
Although many studies have proved that using a cellphone while driving causes major accidents, injuries and death, people continue to engage in this deadly practice. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 481,000 drivers use their cellphones during daylight hours. In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving accidents. Many states have banned the use of hand-held cellphones as a way to decrease the number of tragic accidents that occur each year. However, studies show that hands-free cellphones may not be a safe option for drivers.
Tennessee roadways can be pretty scary places. Heavy traffic may be something you are used to, along with fast speeds and having to quickly react to any number of situations between your starting point and final destination. Then again, does anyone ever really fully adjust to stressful driving experiences? Like most good drivers, you can do your part to stay alert and adhere to all safety regulations and traffic laws, but there's not much you can do about another driver's behavior.
When is the last time you had a drink containing alcohol? Perhaps you're a social drinker who is careful to completely abstain from alcohol whenever you know you'll be driving a car. Maybe you drink on a more regular basis but still feel like it doesn't adversely affect your life in any way. Then again, you might be one of many Tennessee residents who are currently battling addiction.