Blogs » Law and Legal Services » Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW BLOG


Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW BLOG
7 Most Common New Driver Mistakes
Return to Blog 
Deutschmann Law logo

New drivers lack the experience to judge their actions, to predict other's actions, and young drivers have cognitive differences still from adults. There are other things that set young drivers apart from older ones though. Here are the top 7 reasons young drivers crash:

  1. Driving too fast. - Young drivers tend to drive too fast, and to chose the wrong speed for the driving situations. They approach stops too quickly, and don't adjust correctly for weather and time of day.
  2. Following too closely - Especially when driving too fast.
  3. Drug and Alcohol use - Enough said there.
  4. Lack of proper positioning in the car and lack of seatbelt use - Putting a foot on the dash, driving with one foot bent under you, not wearing your seatbelt, these all cause increased injuries in a crash.
  5. Peer pressure - Novice teen drivers may not have the discipline to tell people to stop distracting them, and they don’t have the experience to know how dangerous the distraction is. Pressure can also be exerted from other drivers ‘pushing’ the novice to go faster, or to proceed through intersections by honking at them.
  6. Mismatching car style with driving ability -A teen doesn’t need a high horse powered performance car, and won’t be able to handle it at speed.
  7. Distraction – music, friends, food, and phones all distract drivers who need 100% of their brain power to drive safely.

MADD Canada reports that Road Crash is the leading cause of death in teenagers. They have the highest death rate per kilometer driven. Drugs and alcohol are factors in 55% of the car crashed in drivers 16-25. Their website records that drug impaired and drinking impaired driving are major problems in the youth driver cohort.

  • Older Teens: Of all the young drinking drivers who are killed or seriously injured, the smallest proportion is 16 years of age. The largest proportion is 19 years of age.
  • Males: Account for 87% of the young fatally injured drinking drivers and 89% of the seriously injured drinking drivers.
  • Summertime: Young drinking drivers are most likely to be killed or injured in the summer (32.4% and 40.8% respectively) and least likely to be killed or injured in the winter (8% and 11.4% respectively).
  • Weekend: A large percentage of young drinking drivers die or are seriously injured on the weekend.
  • Night time: The vast majority of young drinking drivers die or are seriously injured in crashes at night.
  • Automobiles: Most young drinking drivers are killed or seriously injured when driving an automobile.
  • Single-vehicle: Young drinking drivers are most likely to be involved in single-vehicle crashes.
  • At fault: In nearly two-thirds of the alcohol-related multiple vehicle crashes, it was the fatally injured teen driver who had been drinking and not the other drivers.
  • Crashes: By the time a driver reaches a blood alcohol content of .10%, he or she is 51 times more likely than a non-drinking driver to be involved in a fatal crash.
  • Nearly one third (32%) of teens did not consider driving under the influence of cannabis to be as bad as alcohol.
  • Nearly 25% of parents of teenagers did not consider driving while high on cannabis to be as bad as drinking and driving.


The importance of professional driver training, modelling good behavior at home, and supervising your kids with the car can’t be understated.

Posted on Monday, Nov 14, 2016 - 07:44:00 AM EST
 Comments  (0) Post a Comment 
   By Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law (Lawyers) - Visit Our Business Directory Listing  |   Return to Blog 

Blogs Home   |   Start a Blog   |   Subscribe To Blog
News   |   Announcements   |   Events Calendar
Contact The News Editor   |   News FAQs

    <<     July  2020     
S M Tu W Th F S
      1 2 3 4
5 6 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
Jump to:

Article Categories
Car Insurance
Disability Law
Personal Injury Law

Recent Articles
Summer Cycling
Goodbye Facemasks – Hello Face-Shields?
Insurance Companies Lobby Hard – Road to justice may soon be closed for seniors’ deaths by Premier
Insurance workers report being ‘muscled’ by body shops
New Study Suggests Autonomous Cars Will Only Reduce Car Crashes by 30%
Traumatic Brain Injuries are Common in Summer Activities
How COVID-19 will change sick day policies at work
More Ontario Businesses Are 'Open for Business' Today
Kitchener Long-Term Care Home Responsible for More Than 50% of Region’s COVID-19 Deaths
Stunt Driving Charges in The Region are Up Over 700% From Last Year
Care Homes Continue As A Source of Bad News, Bad Policy, Bad Outcomes and Bad Care
The Situation in Long Term Care Homes is Bad
A Simple Blood Test for Concussion Is Being Developed
Life, Crime and Regulations in the time of COVID-19
Wearable Tech Is Helping Paralysed People Walk Again
The Cost of Auto Insurance is Going Up, Again
The kind of car you drive predicts your risk of an accident and your auto insurance rates
Daylight Savings Time - Moving the Clocks Increases Car Accident Fatalities
Moving Snow Causes Hundreds of Injuries Every Year
Concussion recovery may be helped by blue light therapy

Articles by Month of Posting
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
March 2018
January 2018
November 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
January 2010