teen driver safety

Did you Know That Distracted Driving is #1 Killer of American Teens

This week marks the 6th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW).  We want to bring awareness to a hot topic, texting while driving. As mobile phones have become an everyday accessory (and practical necessity), their capabilities have gone beyond calling to allow for texting, emailing and internet surfing.

Have you ever sat at a stoplight and counted the number of drivers who are talking on the phone?  Now imagine how many are taking their eyes off the road to text – and how many of them are inexperienced teen drivers. As shown in the infographic below, the statistics show that texting is more dangerous than talking on the phone, speeding and even drunk driving.

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What Can Parents Do?

Talk to your teens NOW: Tell them the facts. Tell them that distracted driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving. Tell them what their peers say:

  • 87% percent of teens think that driving and texting is dangerous
  • 80% of teenage girls and 58% of teenage boys admitted to texting behind the wheel
  • 65% have asked someone to stop driving dangerously (The Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety, May 2009)

Set a good example: Throw your cell phone into the back seat. Don’t check your email at stoplights. If you must talk on the phone, use a hands-free headset. And never, ever text while driving.

Establish harsh consequences: If your teens practice distracted driving, take away the car keys. Immediately.