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A youth’s initiation behind the wheel can be intimidating for everyone involved. Parents understandably fear loss. While their vehicle is a substantial investment, the life contained within possesses incalculable value. Friends and family may joke about avoiding the new driver, but only because their ribbing is rooted in legitimate concern. All the while, the young driver of the household is bearing the weight of loved ones’ concern, a high-stakes learning curve, and the undeniably real peril of the road. Two undesirable outcomes can result: stifled confidence, and backlash in the form of a cavalier attitude. In the case of the latter, no one wins.
Group mentality can serve to amplify such attitudes. Take a set of freshly-licensed adolescents, mix them into a school or recreational environment, and witness the melting pot of angst that ensues. The aforementioned cavalier attitude evolves from a mere emotion into a symbol of solidarity. Bands of youthful companions, in the misguided search for sympathy and acceptance, hop onto the speeding bandwagon. One thing to keep in mind about the teenage mentality is that thrill-seeking often becomes a type of medication, and camaraderie only enhances the thrill.
Reckless driving on the part of the fledgling motorist is by no means justified, though. Irrational behavior from behind the wheel creates a ripple effect of heightened danger on any given road. Accidents can needlessly complicate the schedules of those involved at best, and lead to unspeakable tragedy at worst. In seconds, the fears of multiple families and social spheres can become reality when insufficient caution meets an unsuspecting roadway. Those other parties, acting out of dismay, can threaten to deal a devastating blow to the youngest offender involved.
As with any other privilege, a driver’s license can and will be revoked due to its abuse. The youth will have learned a lesson, but be inhibited from advancing forward with life. Driving skills are an absolute necessity for some, and a valuable contingency for others, but no one’s child can afford to be completely without them in modern society. Without a means of transportation, his or her career prospects could dwindle significantly. A lesson should be learned, for sure, but not at the cost of your young driver’s upward mobility. What families want is a balance between rebuke and support for their son or daughter. Fortunately, an understanding advocate is one confidential phone call away.
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