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Understanding impulsive behavior and teenage drivers

Statistics have long shown higher risk rates for teenage drivers. It’s reflected in higher insurance rates and in studies of driver behavior, such as the higher abuse of texting while driving among the age group.

A new study confirms that teen brains are more inclined to seek thrills and act impulsively than other age groups. The study explored impulsive behavior and the desire to curtail or control their decision-making. Studying teenagers in 11 countries across five continents, it concluded that environment and location plays a factor but, as a whole, teenagers engage in riskier behavior than those in their twenties and older.

Managing impulse for safer driving

A CBS psychologist who reviewed the study states that this doesn’t mean teens will engage in hopelessly risky behavior, like speeding or distracted driving. Teens may be at greater risk, it concludes, but they are not predisposed to reckless driving. Instead, it means government regulations and their guardians should reinforce safe behavior that address the increased risk.

Rules of the road still apply

All drivers have the same responsibility on the road, which is to follow the rules and to protect the safety of the general public, whether that is other motorists, their passengers or pedestrians and bicyclists. All drivers need to understand the risk of personal injury and the potential consequences of careless driving.

Anyone who has been injured in a car or vehicle accident should request a police report and an investigation of the cause of the accident. An at-fault driver may be responsible for compensation of damages, including medical injuries, repair costs and emotional suffering.

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