Distracted Driving: A Teen’s Biggest Enemy

As a parent, you have a lot to worry about. It starts from the day your little one was born and never seems to stop. And when your babies become teenagers who can drive, this worry is increased tenfold. It is no secret that teenagers have a high occurrence of accidents, but why? It is probably a combination of their inexperience, sense that they are invincible, and ability to get distracted easily. Distracted driving is one of the scariest problems for teens because they don’t even realise it’s an issue: They just think they are mutli-tasking. Here are the biggest causes of distracted driving and how to avoid them:

Mobile Phones

These days, teens seem to have their phones permanently attached to their fingers. They are constantly in contact with their friends and they seem to think that every text message is a life or death situation. However, mobiles are also one of the most dangerous things teens have with them on the road. Sure, it only takes one second to read a message, or dial a number, but that’s longer than it takes for a car to come to a screeching stop in front of your teen.

The best solution is to simply require your teen to turn off his or her mobile before starting the vehicle. If he or she can’t hear any alerts, he won’t be tempted to look at them. And if you know your child is driving, please don’t call or text him, just in case he did leave his phone on.

Food

Your teen may not realise it, but anything that takes their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road counts as distracted driving and is not safe. That includes any food or beverages your teen may be consuming. Encourage your teen to eat before he or she begins driving. If he or she has to eat, let them choose a finger food that is easy to eat without having to look at it.

Friends

Mental distraction is just as serious as physical distraction, and friends are one of the biggest culprits of it for teen drivers. Whether they are discussing future plans, debating the latest happenings at school, or even just singing along with their favorite song, all of these activities are decreasing your teen’s attention to the road and traffic in front of him. Of course, your teen going places with friends is one of the biggest perks of driving. With this distraction, the best thing you can do is to educate your child about the dangers of driving while mentally distracted so he or she can be aware of the situation.

Everything Else

Unless your teen has tunnel vision and never tries to do anything on the road, he or she is probably going to attempt distracted driving at some point. Even something as simple as changing the temperature control can lead to a fatal accident if done at the wrong time. Have your child make sure everything is set exactly how he wants it before putting the car into drive, including music, temperature controls, and seat and mirror positions. The less tasks to worry about on the road, the more attention your teen can give to actually driving.

 

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2 Comments

  1. April 4, 2014 / 6:26 pm

    Excellent points. Studies show that having another teenager in the car with a teen driver increases the possibility of accidents a lot. When they have more than one young friend with them it increases the accidents two, three folds. That is why some states regulates who can be with the teen driver in the early years. Late hours driving another problem. So, parents should check that their new drivers are not taking a few friends on a night out.

    It is tragic to hear on the news that several youngster died in a ditch early morning. You may be confident about your son’s/daughter’s driving but friends will not sit still in the car. Furthermore, they will dare the driver to speed or take over.

    Also, there are apps to make sure that mobile devices are turned off when the car is in motion. There are apps to warn parents of distracted driving as well. Any worried parents should check them out. Children may resent to such request but they can be talked into accepting it.

  2. February 10, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    I definately would support legislation forbidding use of cell phones while driving. I came rather late to using a cell phone, but I thought it would be useful in an emergency. My experience with my one and only use of it while driving proved the danger; I was runnimg late to a meeting, and in an effort to use it I swerved all over. First and last time–never again!!! Pull over if you must call; don’t answer if it rings.

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