Reduce the risk of of your teen being involved in a car accident
I found this list on teen driving distractions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Teen drivers are actually at the greatest risk for distracted driving.
This occurs because teens often drive with other teens in the car, use cell phones while driving and engage in behavior that will cause distracted driving. The distracted driving dangers are compounded because teenagers are inexperienced drivers, and are statistically the group most likely to cause a car accident. Sadly, I’ve seen all 13 factors below as the cause of serious car accidents first-hand, and the most important take-away here is that all 13 are completely preventable. These things do not need to be done when you are driving.
Teen drivers model behavior. Parents, if you want to stop your teen from engaging in these driving distractions, set a good example for them.
The list below includes 13 specific distractions cited by NHTSA as particularly likely to cause a car accident.
- Cell phones, pagers, navigation systems, iPads
- Adjusting the radio – changing the channel, changing CDs, adjusting an iPod
- Occupants – other teens, infants, children, adults
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting vehicle controls – heat/air conditioning, tilt of steering wheel, mirrors, seat position, dash light brightness
- Pets that are not contained
- Reaching for objects
Distractions outside of the vehicle
- A crash scene
- Road construction
- People, places or things of interest alongside the road
Preventing teen distracted driving
Parents, please share this list with your teens. Have them make a pledge not to use their cell phones while behind the wheel and to avoid distracted driving all together.
You can also review and share this list: Tips to prevent distracted driving in Michigan
- Steven Gursten is head of Michigan Auto Law. He president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. Steve frequently writes and speaks on safe driving and Michigan auto laws, and is available for comment.
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