Teen Drivers Involved In Fatal Crashes At Four Times the Rate of Adult Drivers

So that’s an alarming title, isn’t it? Are teen drivers really involved in crashes in which someone dies at a rate four times as much as adult drivers? According to one insurer in a newsletter piece, that’s the case. Using its recent research, as well as that of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the insurer shared the most common mistakes that can result in a crash.

According to the insurer, serious errors by teen drivers caused seventy-five percent of the fatal crashes in which they were involved. And what were those mistakes?

• The teen driver didn’t scan the road to look out for hazards, and wasn’t able to respond when hazards arose;

• The teen driver was driving too fast for the conditions present on the road. Driving too fast meant the driver didn’t have time to respond to what other drivers on the road were doing. Driving too fast also meant the driver couldn’t negotiate a curve.

• The teen driver was distracted by something in the vehicle, or outside of it.

Those are some basics drivers learn as they mature and spend more time behind the wheel. So what can you do to help a young driver develop all that experience and skill? Teach scanning! When you are helping a young driver during practice sessions, and the teenager is behind the wheel, encourage him or her to scan way ahead of the car they’re in and the car immediately in front of them. Teach them to look from side to side, to be aware of what other vehicles are doing, and to watch for things that may be shaping up down the road, such as slowing traffic, cars stopping short, debris on the road, and anything else that could be a hazard.

There’s an old saying, “a little knowledge goes a long way.” Help your young driver go a long, safe way throughout a lifetime of driving by giving your teen some driving tips now.

According to research, there were more than 30,000 car accidents in the United States in 2009. The number of car accidents has increased over the past two years. According to the police chief of Los Angeles, there are many factors that are affecting this and the amount of teenage drivers on the road is definitely a determing factor. Teenagers are much more likely to get in a car crash, as well as elderly drivers.

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The Big Four Tour

Lots and lots of rumors are floating around about a possible Big 4 world tour. When referring to the Big 4 we mean the four biggest Thrash bands in the land. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. This would be a dream come true for every heavy metal fan out there, but I just don’t think it can happen.

Obviously there are logistics and schedules that would make it difficult, but the main reason I don’t think it can happen is the fact that they all hate each other. I mean hate! The history amongst these bands and the fact that they have competed for the same fan base has torn any possible relationships to shreds.

I’m not going to get into the story of Dave Mustaine and Metallica because that’s been done to death, but when your band leaves you on the side of the road and tells you the rides over… your going to be bitter. Some believe Mustaine formed Megadeth, just to get back at Metallica. I’m one of those believers.

Another issue is the mouth on Kerry King. The guitarist of Slayer is forever ripping on everyone specially Dave Mustaine. Other then performing Kerry’s favorite past time is talking crap about Mustaine and when he’s not doing that he’s calling Metallica a bunch of sell outs. The only way this tour could happen is if they segregate Kerry from the rest of the world. Megadeth and Slayer have been on tour together this year, but never actually spoke the entire time. It must have worked because they are taking the tour out to Australia and then back to Canada. Maybe that’s how you do it, they do their sets and go to the bus.

Now I haven’t mentioned Anthrax because they pretty much get along with everyone and have toured with the three other bands on several occasions, but Kerry did not want them to feel left out so he did an interview that stated Anthrax on the tour might not be a good idea because they are dwindled and non-effective now. That got Scott Ian in an uproar and he started posting footage of Anthrax with John Bush on Twitter and sending them to Kerry to show how Anthrax still has it and King doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

We still haven’t covered who would open and close the shows. I think its pretty obvious in my opinion. Opening spot would go to Anthrax as they have had several shifts and Bush isn’t officially back with the band. Slayer can go next to ramp up the crowd a little bit and then Megadeth just for the symbolic gesture of having Metallica come out after Mustaine’s set. As much as people go off about Metallica they are the most successful Metal band in history and should be the closers of the show. But egos don’t think that clearly.

This tour just isn’t going to happen. Way to many variables and I do hope I’m wrong because it would be amazing. What a treat to see all four of them together. As you read through this I’m sure you all agree that maybe it could happen if we just got rid of Kerry King…

JB Martell


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