The time has come for your teenager to get their license. They’re ecstatic to finally have a straight line to freedom, but all you can think about is how teenagers are 50% more likely to be in an accident than adults. The biggest culprit: distracted driving.
You know from first-hand experience that it’s easy to get distracted behind the wheel. But what makes teens so much more susceptible to distracted driving? How can you as a parent help guide your teen to safe driving habits? You'll find the answers all that and more in this article.
In reality, distracted driving is a problem for everyone. On average, nine people die every day in car accidents as a result of distracted driving.
For teens, the risk increases because of inexperience. That’s not to say that someone who has been driving for 20 years gets less distracted than a teen, but having more experience behind the wheel enables them to handle situations better and understand the risks of distracted driving.
Teens are not equipped with the experience to handle distractions, which is why it’s such a common cause of accidents.
As new, hopeful and inexperienced drivers, teens are taking on a lot of responsibility when they get behind the wheel. Most teens start out focused and not giving in to common distractions, but the more comfortable they become as drivers, the more likely it is that the most common distractions will become a problem.
Ultimately, after just a few months, teens feel like they’ve got the hang of driving and start to drive faster and more recklessly.
In addition, the increased use of texting and browsing vs. making phone calls has teen drivers looking down at their phones while driving. While they feel like they are only looking down for a second, it takes less time than that to get in an accident.
As the parent and the adult, you can play a large role in helping your teen become a safe driver. While you can’t be in the car at all times ensuring their hands are at 10 and 2, are a few steps you can take to start them off on the right foot.
Distracted driving for teens has become such a large problem that state and nationwide initiatives have been put into place to help combat it.
The US Department of Transportation has a website dedicated to providing tips for parents and teen drivers to help teens be safe on the road.
Today, more than 47 states have laws that prohibit or restrict texting while driving. In addition, 38 states have completely banned cell phone use while driving.
Insurance companies have started to jump on board with helping fight teen distracted driving as well. Several insurance companies have implemented teen safety programs.
|AAA||SmartStart||Safety training||New drivers||Varies|
|Teen drivers||25% off |
|Safety training||New drivers||7%|
|Arbella||Advanced Driver |
|Safety training||New drivers||5%|
|You're Essential to |
|Safety training||New drivers||Varies|
|Safety training||All drivers||10%|
|Libery Mutual||Driver Training|
|Safety training||Up to 21||5%|
|MAPFRE||TeenSmart||Safety training||Up to 21||15%|
|State Farm||Driver Training|
|Safety training||Up to 21||Varies|
|State Farm||Steer Clear||Safety training||Up to 25||15%|
|Safe drivers||All drivers||Varies|
|USAA||Driver Training |
|Safety training||Up to 21||Varies|
Source: GoTrueMotion.com: https://gotruemotion.com/blog/these-are-the-auto-insurance-programs-that-focus-on-teen-safety-2/
Whether your teen is just getting their license or is already on the road, educating yourself and your teen on how to stay safe behind the wheel can help fight the distracted driving epidemic.
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