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Preventing Driving Distractions in Teenagers

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the United States. Today on the blog, we take a look at steps that can be taken to help teenagers and other inexperienced drivers become less distracted behind the wheel.

Teens and Distractions

Many teenagers are under the idea that being able to text and drive at the same time may inflate their ability to multitask in front of others, but this could not be farther from the truth.

Teenage drivers between the ages 16-19 are often quick to admit to being avid users of technologies that distract them from driving. AAA found that, among newly licensed drivers, the most common distraction was the use of technology whenever the teenager was alone in the vehicle. Teenage drivers are three time more likely to look away from the road and usually look away for a full second longer than more experienced drivers.

What can be done about Distracted Teen Drivers

The best way to prevent teens from driving while distracted and to encourage the necessary skills to become safe drivers is for parents to be the first and best examples:

  • Parents should talk to their teenagers often about the potential distractions that teenagers will face. Conversations may be much more effective than parents may think.
  • Parents should consider setting family rules about texting or talking on the phone and driving.
  • Ultimately, parents should be the best example for their kids by not driving distracted.
Important Information about Distracted Driving

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States in accidents associated with distracted driving:

  • Every day in the United States, more than 8 people are killed in distracted driving accidents, and another 1,161 people are injured.
  • In 2013, a total of 3,154 people were killed in accidents involving a distracted driver.
  • About one in every five motor vehicle accidents 2013 involved a distracted driver.

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