The Teen Driving Education Programs Essay

753 Words Nov 17th, 2015 4 Pages
New Program As far as what I have been able to find in researching similar teen driving education programs, there does not seem to be a program that incorporates the learning of the developmental changes being experienced by the teen that affects their ability to handle distractions while driving, followed by actions needed to decrease teen driving fatalities. Many focus on the actual act of driving itself but no one attempts to explain to the teenagers why they are more vulnerable while driving. Also, programs look to teach adolescents what not to do, but not really what they should be doing. Some topics that should be included are the three types of distractions, human growth across the lifespan—specifically the adolescent and emerging adult time period – followed by stress management and decision making. Distracted driving is the number one killer of teenagers and involves more than the use of cell phones behind the wheel. The three types of distractions are visual, manual, and cognitive. Each of these presents a different problem that teens can learn how to adjust and prepare for (Garner, 2011). The developmental changes that occur during teenage years are vast. In this portion the teens will spend a little time focusing on the biological and physical changes in their brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex. The rest of the time will be spent focusing on concepts like the invincibility complex and the importance of peers. The goal is to increase their sense of…

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