Driving distracted is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States today. The age group associated the most with this? Teenagers.
A study released by the CDC states that there were over 400,000 injuries and over 3,300 deaths in 2012 caused by distracted driving.
Drivers under the age of 20 account for the highest age range as far as distracted drivers go.
10 percent of that age group or younger who were involved in a fatal crash were reportedly distracted at the time.
These statistics are alarming to say the least. With that being said, what can you do as a parent?
We’ve put together a few tips to follow for your teen drivers:
- Talk to your kids about these statistics. Make them aware of just how dangerous distracted driving really is.
- Parents always set examples for their children. That means show them that you drive without being distracted.
- Tell your teen drivers to turn their phones off while driving. Put it away. Put it in a place where they won’t be tempted to pick it up and turn it back on.
What about the teen drivers themselves? What can they do to ensure that they are driving safely? We’ve also compiled a list of tips to follow:
- Driving is a privilege, not a right. You are given the responsibility as a young adult to drive safe. Put the phone down while driving.
- Put your phone in the backseat. Leave it there while you drive. Make sure the phone is either turned off or on silent.
- If you’re a passenger with a driver who is using their phone. Speak up. Tell them to stop and to put it down.
Driving may seem simple, but it is extremely dangerous and by far one of the biggest causes of fatalities in America today.
Remember. Drive safe and drive smart. Driving distracted only increases the chance of an accident. Don't take that chance.