While your teenager may look just like a smaller adult, there’s an important difference. Brain development progresses from back to front, so the last area to finish is the frontal lobe (responsible for cognitive thinking), and it only happens with time and experience—from age 16 to 26. Meanwhile, this life stage is marked by increased impulsivity and an inability of teenagers to see the consequences of their actions.
“They’re wired to test things in their environment,” says William Van Tassel, Ph.D., manager of Driver Training programs at the AAA national office. “That extends to driving. That’s one of the reasons we see the crash rates so high.”
So when coaching your teen drivers, these four approaches can improve learning: