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3. Psychological & Physiological

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43. Exhibitionism & Irresponsibility

Most evidence suggests that the number one factor in young drivers' over-involvement in accidents is risk-taking. Young drivers often "show off" to impress their friends or others, which can lead to serious injury and death.

Exhibition on the road by speeding, weaving your vehicle back and forth, starting out from a signal too fast, peeling out, street racing other drivers, passing dangerously, playing "chicken," and failing to obey signals and the rules-of-the-road, needlessly causes accidents.

Driving is a serious responsibility that requires mature behavior. If you can't drive like an adult, stay off the road.

Irresponsibility

As a driver, you must take responsibility for your actions, the actions of your passengers, and for the safe mechanical condition of your vehicle.

Teens who engage in higher-risk activities outside the driving situation tend to have higher traffic accident involvement, whether they are driving or riding as a passenger, suggesting that risky driving may be part of a more general syndrome of risk-taking behavior.

Safe driving requires:

  • courtesy to others
  • an understanding of the laws and rules of the road
  • the ability to rapidly apply good judgment to situations
  • the ability to recognize situations that could rapidly develop into hazards
  • the ability to take responsibility for your own actions

  • Your life and the lives of your passengers are in your hands while you are driving. If you act irresponsibly, such as by drinking and driving, you are putting more than just your own life at risk. Think before you act or get behind the wheel.

    More from the DMV...

    For more food for thought, view this DMV video about bad decision making (not required for course completion).


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    Lesson Summary


      

    Lesson 3 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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    3. The "P" in the SIPDE process stands for:


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    5. When listening to your car radio, or other audio device:


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