Teen drivers account for 10x as many crashes as middle-age driversPosted by HCGH on Jun 3, 2011 in Events, News, Safety | 5 comments
I have a teen driver in the house- the last in the terrifying trilogy. She’s been driving for nearly a year and I have to say she does a pretty good job despite the phantom brake pedals that appear on the passenger side of the car whenever I ride along! I noticed, however, that “defensive driving” isn’t stressed as much these days in Driver’s Ed as it was when I was learning how to drive.
If you guessed reckless driving is the cause, you guessed incorrectly. Dr. Dennis Durbin, co-director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia says that focusing on these three common novice driver mistakes could significantly improve teenage driving:
- Failing to scan the road (causes 21% of teen crashes).
- Misjudging driving conditions (causes 21% of accidents).
- Becoming distracted (causes of 20% of accidents).
All of these are deficiencies are linked to our failure to teach defensive driving. Share this article with your teen drivers and, if necessary, make a plan to correct these common mistakes.
The Howard County Police Department will offer Collision Avoidance Training for new drivers on June 24th and 25th.
Finally… what are some key rules that you learned as a teen driver or that you taught your new drivers? I liked the advice to pretend that there was an egg between your foot and the gas pedal… in theory it kept me from stomping on the gas. The best advice we receive in our comments section will win a Howard County General Hospital pedometer!
This Week’s Events!
It’s that time of year again, one of the most exciting in the Library for readers of all ages: it’s time for the Summer Reading Kickoff. Join us at the East Columbia Branch on June 4, 2011 at 9 a.m. and throughout the day for funfilled events and to register for our Summer Reading Clubs.
Immediately before the Summer Reading Kickoff, at 8 a.m., bring family, friends, and neighbors to the 5K and Family Fun Run benefiting the Library. The course begins and ends at East Columbia Branch. It’s too late to register, but not too late to cheer the runners on!
Don’t forget to attend the Third Annual Men’s Health Fair of Howard County on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Howard High School.
And gardeners, we’ll never leave you in the dust, just the dirt with our Ask a Master Gardener series at the Miller Branch 6/4 from 10am-12pm and again on June 6 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
And bring the whole family to Healthy Howard Day for fun and games on Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Centennial Park.
There’s a lot of fun to be had this weekend, including some brain-challenging fun with the Chess Club at the Central Branch at 1p.m. on June 5. Ages 10-17 welcome.
Explore simple health concepts inspired by children’s literature at our Healthy Kids class on June 6 at 10:15 am at the Savage Branch. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 30 minutes before program.
And on June 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Branch we have free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital.
Are your little ones looking for some high-seas adventures? The Miller Branch is hosting the Pee Wee Pirates show on June 7 at 11 a.m. So join Captain Jean, the Pirate Queen to learn about exploration in the old days. A fun workout for brains and bodies alike! Families (ages 3 & up); 45 min. No registration required.
Teens get some exercise while helping us “Tab Our Branch” at Elkridge on June 7 at 4 p.m. Join the Teen Advisory Board and spruce up our branch for summer. Wear clothes suitable for painting. No registration required.
And on we’re still Calling All Volunteers! Join us at the Glenwood Branch at 7 p.m. on June 7 or the East Columbia Branch at 4 p.m. on June 10. You could make reading fun for kids and earn service learning hours. To register for orientation session, submit a volunteer application. Accepted applicants will be contacted to confirm registration.
Ellicott City Seniors, growing older shouldn’t mean slowing down. Keep sharp and engage in lively conversation by joining folks at the Ellicott City Senior Center adjacent to the Miller Branch for a book discussion on June 8 from 1 – 2 p.m. This month please bring a title or two to recommend.
Get inspired to dance or pick up some new moves at The Urban Dance Showcase on June 8 at the Central Branch at 7 p.m. Instructors and expert dancers perform the latest footwork in Chicago Steppin’ and Urban Ballroom dancing. Participants include Yvonne Stewart & Baltimore Steppers in Motion; Gary Brown & Tracy Stewart; and Garrett Kellam & Another Level Dance Studio. Register online.