Like millennials before them, Gen Z endures a lot of trash talk from older generations that they don’t deserve. But, hey teenagers, when it comes to stereotypes about your driving, I’m sorry: You’re … just … not good.
To be fair, that’s been true for every generation before you, and it’s not entirely your fault. The simple fact that you’re inexperienced means you haven’t fine-tuned your skills behind the wheel — even your proclivity for risk-taking is attributable to developmental delays in the part of your brain that regulates impulse control.
Still, the bottom line is this: Car crashes remain the leading cause of death among U.S. teens. You’re nearly three times more likely to die in a car crash than drivers 20 or older.
For parents, the federal highway safety authorities recommend:
Starting the conversation early and often, before it’s time for them to get behind the wheel
Setting ground rules about things like seat belt use, stowing smartphones, speeding and other risk factors, and putting them in writing
And always setting a good example, as your teen is more likely to do as you do, not as you say
And look at it this way, Gen Z: If you clean up your act behind the wheel, that’ll give those lame adults one less thing to talk smack about.
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