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Need For Speed 8: A Whole New Spin

Hunter Reis
February 1, 2013

Growing up in New England, we all have memories of playing outside in the snow. Mothers would help their children get bundled up in their layers of socks, flannels, and jackets until the shape of their precious children’s snow angels were twice the size of their actual body. As we grow up, we find ourselves playing less in the snow and playing more in our cars. 

The dangers of careless driving.
                                 --Courtesy of Michiganautolaw.com

As if we were back in the time of the movie Grease, I've heard more and more of kids going out in their cars and “doing donuts in the parking lot” or “peeling out” into a seemingly deserted street. Just as common as I hear of these awesome feats of guts and intelligence, I hear of the horror stories of the teens doing donuts right into a fire hydrant, or speeding down a deserted road that wasn’t quite as deserted as they anticipated. This constant threat of danger is even more real in the winter when the heavy snow and slippery roads inevitably come around.

During a recent snow day, I had personally seen an alarming amount of tweets and Facebook posts about drifting in the snow. Now, if the superintendent of schools cancels school because she deems it unsafe to drive, perhaps we should not go out and drive.

This is my first year driving in the snow. If there is one thing that I’ve realized, it’s that it is hard enough to get around without pretending to be a driver in the demolition derby. I get it, though, you look cool revving your engine and drifting. Good way to pick up chicks. An easier way to pick up chicks, though, is to have all of your limbs.

A big part of why teenagers do these things is a phenomenon called the “superman complex”, a belief widespread in teen boys who believe to be invincible. I’ll admit it, there are sometimes when I catch myself thinking “that would never happen to me!” We all do it, it’s part of growing up and being a kid. The important thing, though, is knowing where to step back and correct yourself.

Visit www.keepthedrive.com for more information.    
                                  --Courtesy of www.keepthedrive.com 

According to both www.keepthedrive.com and nhtsa.gov (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), car crashes were the leading cause of teen death in 2012. A good portion of these accidents are due to the inexperienced teenage driver. Add black ice and not-so-good brakes to the mix, and it is no wonder why so many people lose their lives much too early because of erratic driving.

So what can we do to help this issue? The best way to convince kids is to inform them. Show your children websites such as www.keepthedrive.com for information on how to keep them safe this winter, as well as all year round. Informative websites and insurance companies give kids entertaining information and more statistics on this dangerous everyday task of driving.