Getting a license when turning 16 years of age is a highlight for many young Californians on their journey to adulthood. What many don’t realize, is that driving is one of the main causes of death in the United States. According to the department of Transit, 30,296 people died in motor vehicle collisions in 2014 alone. There are ways to become a safer driver so the chance of a collision is much lower, but every day emotions can increase the chance of a collision significantly.
Stress, anxiety, and depression are known factors of many traffic collisions. A study done by the University of Toulouse says that, “Anxiety has been demonstrated to both deteriorate performances and promote cautiousness,” (Pechêr, Lemercier, Cellier.) This means, that if a driver is operating a vehicle while being anxious, there driving performance would decrease allowing for a greater chance of a collision.
Training Wheels Driving School, a teenager driving school, says that high emotion levels can cause safe drivers to have lowered reaction times, and make risky maneuvers that they would normally not do (TWD.) If drivers are driving angry or otherwise emotionally distracted, they would not be able to react to a car changing lanes in front of them on a freeway which would cause a collision.
Emotions are an important part of the human race but they do have their dangers. If someone is feeling anxious or angry, they should stay of the roads. High emotions and driving are not two things that should mix.
Pêcher, hristelle, et al.
“Https://Www.researchgate.net/Publication/263124950_The_Influence_of_Emotions_on_Driving_Behavior.” Research Gate, Nova Science, Jan. 2011, www.researchgate.net/publication/263124950_The_Influence_of_Emotions_on_Driving_Behavior.
“Do Your Emotions Affect Your Driving?” Training Wheels Driving School,