For adults, driving is second nature. The stop at the bottom of the hill. The easy turn into the driveway. The familiar route to the mall. But for teens, nearly all of the driving experience is new. And new things take time, attention and brain power to learn.
The brain has to be trained to drive. As the teen brain is learning to drive, it is particularly open to distraction and overreaction.
Teens: driven to distraction
Because the teen brain is so preoccupied with basic driving tasks, distractions can cause teen drivers to lose focus and make mistakes. Common teen driving distractions include: