Teen drivers hold misperceptions about bad weather driving
David Moore June 12, 2013 | WGVU
accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths.But contrary to what you might think, it’s
not always snow and icy road conditions sharing in the blame.WGVU’s David Moore sets the record straight.
may have heard the old adage about perception being reality?Well, when it comes to teen drivers and how
they view their skills behind the wheel, the story’s a little different.
Jim Graham is director of the Driving Skills
for Life program at Ford Motor.He notes,
for instance, teens perceive winter as being the most dangerous season to drive.
But in reality, according to federal highway safety studies, it’s actually summer.
Graham said “They let their guard down a little bit, they
might have several passengers in their car which can make it a lot more
dangerous, they want to have fun.Wintertime is obviously dangerous in winter climate areas, but I do
think they tend to slow down a little bit there and be probably a little more
of fact, teen driver deaths go up about 15 per cent in the summer months from
the rest of the year.
And, attention Moms
and Dads-while a certified driver education course is the best place to learn
and use road skills, Graham says the examples parents set also have amajor
influence on how teens act when they get behind the wheel.
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