Teens often drive at higher speeds and tailgate other drivers without knowing they are creating unsafe driving conditions. It takes much longer for inexperienced drivers to develop higher-order perceptual and cognitive skills necessary to safely interact with the driving environment. Young drivers detect hazards less quickly and efficiently and see them as less dangerous than they really are.
Young drivers underestimate the risk of an accident and overestimate their own driving skills. This lack of maturity and poor perception often results in a deadly combination.