A recent study found that a teenager driving alone was 40% more likely to get into an accident than an adult. However, with the addition of one other teenager in the car, the percentage was twice that, and with a second, the percentage is doubled again.
A variety of factors are behind these statistics. The inexperience and hormones of teenagers, a car full of laughing friends and blaring music are a few of these factors.
There are a number of measures that could ensure teenagers drive safely. Cars could have precautionary devices built in to prevent unsafe behaviour. For example, cars could be equipped with a system that can be configured so that if the car exceeds a certain speed, there could be consequences such as a change in the music, or dialling the teenager’s parents.