Dying to Drive

There are 45 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from May 5, 2008, titled Dying to Drive. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Teen drivers are among the most dangerous on the roads. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , crashes are the leading cause of death among 13 to 19 year olds in the United States.

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“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#41 May 8, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
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Those litlle signs in bunches are also very distracting. You can't, in most cases, just quickly skim the signs for what you're looking for.
Are you referring to the signs put up by the State before the exit showing the services available?

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

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#43 May 8, 2008
Hurley35 wrote:
<quoted text>Are you referring to the signs put up by the State before the exit showing the services available?
Yes, I am. They are posted in small groups which are difficult to skim without taking my eyes off the road for longer than I am comfortable with. By the way, I don't know about Michigan, but Missouri charges the businesses for it.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

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#44 May 8, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
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Yes, I am. They are posted in small groups which are difficult to skim without taking my eyes off the road for longer than I am comfortable with. By the way, I don't know about Michigan, but Missouri charges the businesses for it.
Hmmm, I never had a problem with it. I find it convenient that trying to read a dozen different billboards. That's a good idea to charge the businesses for it. Probably cheaper that renting a billboard and some more revenue for the State.
Corey Roth

Middleville, MI

#45 May 20, 2008
What teen dont want to drive . It is a thing that kids always wanted to do.

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#46 May 20, 2008
This is a neat program, but the skid pad portion should, IMHO, be done in a different kind of car or, beter yet, in two kinds of cars. Rear wheel drive and front wheel drive handle differently in a skid and take different respnses.
Defensive driving is an important part of accident prevention. I would add to that always watching for an escape route. Keep yourself aware of where you can go to avoid a collision. And that takes concentration.
Driving, in and of itself, is multi tasking if you are doing it right. Watch where you are going, watch where the other drivers are going, and watch where you can go to avoid a collision. Along with that you have to watch your speed so you don't get in over your head. It's very easy to get "into a zone" where you are almost driving automatically, without thinking about what you are doing and that can be very dangerous.

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