A tragic statistic shows that car crashes are Nr.1 killer and cause of injury to youth between 13 and 21.
About 75 young people die annually in British Columbia in motor vehicle crashes and about 10,000 are injured.
If we are to break down the data, following are the human actions contributing to casualty collisions:
Percentage of total human action factors:
– Speeding: 21.6
– Fail to yield: 20.17
– Driver error: 18.59
– Follow to closely: 11.83
– Ignore traffic device: 7.91
Percentage of total human condition factors:
– Driver inattentive: 51.13
– Alcohol: 16.50
– Driver distracted: 4.38
– Fell asleep: 3.70
– Extreme fatigue: 1.76
The risk taking young drivers just want to get on with their lives after a crash in which they are injured. They are more in denial, not introspective and because they heal faster than an older driver, might perceive themselves as invincible. Until the next tragic event happens and they might become statistics.
High-risk drivers are more focused on driving as a symbolic activity; their cars are perceived as freedom, control, power and performance and they may compensate for lack of achievement in other areas such as school or work.
Therefore, the police confiscation of the vehicle is considered a good deterrent.
I guess it’s hard to figure out all the culprits for becoming a high-risk driver. Some people would say that the increase in attention deficit disorder cases may have a contribution. People with attention deficit disorder have a low tolerance for boredom, tend to be impulsive and emotionally volatile, are restless and easily distracted.
And it’s been established that the cases of ADD are raising.
Low self-esteem and peer pressure could be another culprit. The lack of proper parenting should also be thrown into equation. Parents seem to adopt more and more the easiest way out and let their offsprings do whatever they want to do, mostly when these kids are well taught by some video games how to get what they want. See the controversial ‘Coolest Girl in School’
But technology could help parents to nail speedy kids.
It’s called CarChip Pro
It is an all-in-one engine performance and driving monitor, capable of tracking up to 300 hours of trip details.
It provides data about distance and speed, extreme acceleration and it can list the last 20 seconds of diagnostics before an impact.
Selling price: $120.00