Week 32 -- "Driving Safely"-- Grade 11

Week 32 -- "Driving Safely"-- Grade 11

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Driving Safely.

Brief Summary: Driving can be dangerous, but it can also be an important part of growing up and becoming an independent person — especially in places where there isn’t a lot of public transportation to depend on and you need a car to travel to work or school. Studies show that teens just don’t have the same level of experience or responsibility as adults when it comes to getting behind the wheel.  Peer pressure, distractions such as friends and electronic devices, immaturity as well as a lack of experience all contribute to the highest rate of fatal crashes in this age group.  What are the facts and how can you help your teen be a responsible driver?

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • Distracted driving is defined as doing any activity that distracts and individual from the role of operating a vehicle.
  • Higher instances of accidents due to distracted driving occur at the 16-19 age group.
  • Young drivers lack the maturity, skill, and experience to deal with distractions and the studies show that a young driver needs AT LEAST 50 hours of training on the road before they can become a fully-fledged and safe independent driver. 
  • The biggest culprits of not paying attention to what’s happening on the road are cell phones and friends riding with your child.  
  • Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt usage. Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.

Continue the Conversation:

  • Why does distracted driving contribute to so many accidents.
  • What limits can we set knowing the research that is out there regarding accidents and safe driving? Limiting passengers, setting boundaries when they have occupants in their cars, or no friends in the car at all?  What’s realistic?  There are local laws that limit these things so it is important to get the facts.
  • How does distracted driving and accidents impact insurance rates?
  • Why is seat belt usage so significant?

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