Protecting Teen Drivers: Prevent Distracted Driving

It’s no secret: learning to drive is challenging. There are a lot of factors to consider each time you get behind the wheel, from how precipitation might impact the route you’ll be driving to the angle of your side mirrors.

Many safety checks and considerations become almost second nature for some individuals after years of driving experience. But for teen drivers, there is a lot to think about and a lot to learn.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 2,121 individuals were killed in crashes involving a teen driver (ages 15-18) in 2018. Eight percent of people killed in crashes involving drivers between the ages of 15-19 died when teen drivers were distracted.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distraction arrives in many forms. Talking or texting on a cell phone while driving is illegal in the State of Indiana; texting while driving increases a teen’s risk of crashing by 23 times. While phones are a big source of distraction, things like eating, applying makeup, and selecting music while driving can all cause a driver to become distracted and reduces the driver’s ability to react to a hazard or incident on the road.

For all drivers, any distraction is dangerous. Removing your eyes from the road for just a few seconds can result in a serious accident or fatality.

Prevent Teen Distracted Driving

The NHTSA recommends discussing the rules and responsibilities related to driving with your teen. Share stories and statistics related to distracted driving and remind your teen that driving is a skill requiring their full attention.

Consider creating your own rules, such as restricting the number of passengers you teen can have in the vehicle. Teach your teen about Indiana’s law regarding texting or talking on a phone while driving. Set consequences for distracted driving, such as limiting driving hours or access to a cell phone.

Finally, be sure to exhibit positive driving behaviors. Keep your eyes on the road and do not use your phone while driving.

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