When we talk about unpredictable drivers, the conversation will inevitably shift to teens and seniors. Which are statistically more unpredictable and dangerous behind the wheel? The results may shock you, but it’s teens! Due to their lack of experience, paired with their inclination to take risks, teens tend to be the more irresponsible drivers. All in all, every age group gets in accidents, but these two demographics account for the majority. Today we take a closer look at both groups and break down the causes of this stigma.
When it comes to the elderly, science has a strong hand in the argument. With age, vision and hearing begin to become impaired. It is therefore much harder for a person who is dealing with macular degeneration or another vision-degenerating condition to see hazards or even other cars on the road. Moreover, when hearing begins to fade, the driver can be totally oblivious to horns and sirens. If that wasn’t enough, one must also factor in the fact that muscle issues begin to arise with age, especially in relation to flexibility and and strength. This can make it hard for the elderly driver to maintain steering continuity. If we delve further into the plight of age, we begin to consider mental conditions such as parkinson's disease, or alzheimer's, which can really affect judgement and performance on the road.
When it comes to teens, they would rebel against themselves if they had the option. In reality, they rebel against authority, and usually authority is out for their safety. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand that car accidents are actually the number one cause of death amongst teenagers. The usual problem behaviors include not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, violating school zones, driving while drowsy, or being distracted by loud music or their phones-- especially texting.
At the end of the day, unpredictable drivers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors. As long as you respect the rules of the road, everything should be alright. Always remember to be alert and expect the worst from drivers around you-- defensive driving is smart driving.
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