Greater Vancouver Teen Driving Tip

The leading cause of death among teens is car accidents. The teen driver is youthful, energetic, and assumes they are invincible. Yet, we still hear of a teen that got killed in a drag race, crashed into a tree or building drunk, or caught speeding though a school or playground zone.

Driving a car involves some basic physics. Travelling at 50 km per hour (13.9 m /sec) into a crash is the same as falling from a 4 storey building and hitting concrete. The same accident at highway speeds (100 km/hour) doubles the speed and quadruples the force of impact. The only thing saving you from crashing through a shattering windshield are your seatbelt and the airbag in front of you (and if you have a typical pre-2000 car, there's no airbag for the person in the passenger seat).

Here are some typical teen mistakes, not made by more experienced drivers:

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