Arrive Alive

Underage Driving and Road Safety

Underage Driving and Road Safety

Many lives are shattered by underage drivers going for a joyride in the vehicles of their parents or older relatives. We are aware of many unlicensed drivers going for the short drive – but often overlook the nature of the risks and the consequences to these youngsters.   Parents are urged to familiarize themselves with the risks associated with underage driving.

The facts about underage driving:

  • Teen drivers aged 16-19 years are four times more likely than older drivers to crash
  • Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed, run red lights, make illegal turns, ride with an intoxicated driver, and drive after using alcohol or drugs
  • Inexperience is the reason why these drivers are more likely to underestimate hazardous situations
  • The presence of teen passengers increases the risk of accidents by underage drivers - and the more passengers - the higher the risk
  • Accidents by underage drivers occur mostly on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours 9pm and 6am.

Why do underage drivers pose such a significant risk?

  • The high number of underage drivers transgressing the law by going for a joyride can be attributed to peer pressure and a feeling of youthful invincibility
  • Teenagers have a sense that they can get away with transgressions – a feeling of bravado whereby “ I can get away with anything”
  • This is further evident in research indicating that teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use
  • About 30% of crashes killing young drivers involve alcohol and are often combined with contributing factors such as speeding

Not only could these accidents lead to loss of life, but also severe physical and emotional scars on the survivors. Many parents are not aware that insurance companies are only obliged to honor claims from sober and licensed drivers – and they will have to compensate for the damage caused by underage drivers…

Advice for parents:

  • Know what your children are doing and where they are - and how they are traveling to and from their destinations
  • Talk with them about the consequences of their actions and the trouble they can get into
  • Stress responsibility and the dangers to road safety
  • Discuss with your children the need to avoid peer pressure and to avoid climbing in vehicles with underage and intoxicated drivers
  • Put keys where underage children cannot get to them

The most important advice would be to teach responsibility by way of example. If parents drive with caution and obey the laws of the road – their children will also have more respect for traffic laws and for those who travel our roads!

Also view:

Young Impaired Drivers / Young Drunk Drivers and Road Safety

Road Safety and our Students / Young Road Users

 

Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Tyre Safety

Tyre Safety

Tyre Safety Tyre failure is a vital factor in thousands of road accidents every year. Research by the CSIR indicates that nearly 20% of accidents involving minibuses have tyre failure as a contributing factor. It won't help if you have the best brakes on the market, but your tyres are worn. When

Read More

Safe Driving on Gravel Roads

Safe Driving on Gravel Roads

Introduction Many licensed drivers have never driven on gravel roads or are inexperienced and unprepared for the unique challenges when doing so. This inexperience and lack of safety awareness result in too many fatal crashes and injuries on gravel roads in our rural areas. We must equip ourselves

Read More

Safe Driving on Roads with Potholes and Avoiding Pothole Damage

Safe Driving on Roads with Potholes and Avoiding Pothole Damage

Introduction We have all been confronted by poor road conditions and the threat of the dreaded pothole. It is especially on our rural roads and after the rainy seasons that the road surface comes under pressure and the cracks and holes in the road surface start to appear. In some areas, the road

Read More

Drunk Driving and Road Safety

Drunk Driving and Road Safety

Drunk Driving and Road Safety Drunk Driving is one of the biggest threats to Road Safety in South Africa. Research indicates that 50% of people who die on the roads have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.05 gram per 100 millilitres. Brief Summary: Legislation: The National Road Traffic

Read More

Compliance in the Road Freight Transport Industry in South Africa

Compliance in the Road Freight Transport Industry in South Africa

The South African freight transportation landscape fundamentally differs from that of the rest of the globe. In most other countries the fleet sizes comprise mostly of the owner of the transport business, who is also an “owner-driver” on one of his vehicles and maybe another couple of vehicles,

Read More

Treatment of and Response to Cuts and Bruises

Treatment of and Response to Cuts and Bruises

The skin is the largest organ of the human body, about 2m square in surface area and has several functions. It is also a barrier which provides protection from infection and heat loss. We need to remember that most cuts are minor and require little attention. The size of cuts, the number of cuts (also

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All