Teen drivers have a hard time accurately judging location, distance and speed.

How Teen Drivers Judge Distance, Location and Speed

Teens see the world differently than adults. The challenge of driving among other cars requires the brain to do more than 100 complex visual-spatial calculations a minute.

Teen brains aren’t quite there yet. They haven’t fully developed the ability to accurately judge location, distance or speed.

Teen drivers have trouble determining:

  • Location of their vehicle in a turn lane
  • Distance from other cars in the turn
  • Turning ratios
  • Speed of oncoming cars
  • Speed needed to enter traffic
  • Speed of traffic ahead — how fast they are speeding up or slowing down
  • Distance to other cars, curbs or lines on the road

That’s why it’s important for parents to help teens understand why they should follow cars at a safe distance, maintain their concentration and remain aware of their surroundings.

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