We have all heard that young drivers and older drivers are the ones to avoid. The question is: Is there really a difference between older and younger drivers? Does age really matter? We will look at the factors that cause problems for all age groups. Then we will look at statistics and see if facts can really tell us who are the most dangerous drivers and why.
Blind Spots and Vision Issues
To be honest, blind spots tend to depend on the car. Smaller cars have smaller blind spots. The way that you adjust your mirrors can also lessen the blind spot. Older drivers seem to have the experience to accurately adjust the mirrors so that they have less blind spots. However, older drivers are also less likely to admit that they have vision problems. Some states require older drivers to renew their licensing more often because of this issue.
Here is one that it seems like the older driver is going to win. Older drivers are less likely to jam out to music, be worried about their social media accounts, and be less likely to text and drive. Older drivers are also more likely to talk on their phone and drive. Maybe they should make sure their car has the hands free option.
Regular Vehicle Maintenance
Older drivers are more likely to keep their car serviced. They are going to be more likely to walk the car, check the tires, and make sure it is fully in working order before they drive. Young drivers are less likely to check the oil but are more likely to panic and see a mechanic when that check engine light starts flashing. Younger drivers are also more likely to watch their gauges than an older driver.
Younger people haven’t had their license as long, but they have regular practice. Most younger drivers think nothing of running errands or just driving to just drive.Yet, older drivers are often only driving because they have to. Retired people are known to only drive to church on sunday and the grocery store. It isn’t that they don’t have years of practice it is just that they are out of practice.
The Not So Much A Winner Is:
So the statistics state that teens between the ages of 17-19 are the world’s most dangerous age group. They tend to get comfortable. They even get a little lazy. Most of all, they tend to get distracted.
If your teen is starting to drive soon, there are some key features to look for when you are looking at used cars in the Huntsville area. First, go for cars with the hands free option. A lot of phones have the car mode. Once it is in car mode the driver won’t be disturbed while they are driving. All texts and calls are automatically responded with a message that says you are driving. When you take your phone off car mode, you will be notified of who is trying to reach you. Second, always make sure that you help your teen understand the importance of regular maintenance. It is important that they know what pre drive checks are important and should be done. Finally, purchase a custom radio system that will control the volume with the buttons on the wheel or how they drive. For example, if they start slowing down, the radio goes down. These simple tips can help you get your teen ready for the road.