January is National Teen Driving Awareness Month, and with the beginning of a new year, it is good to think about ways to improve and enhance our lives and the world around us. In honor of National Teen Driving Awareness Month, attorney Mike White appeared on WAKA CBS 8 and WBMM CW 22 with host Olivia Deas, to discuss teen driving safety. It is important to discuss with your teenage driver accident stats and tips to keep them safe on the roads.
According to the CDC, car accidents are the #1 cause of death among teenagers. In fact, 6 teenagers lose their lives in car accidents every day. This number is staggering, so if a little extra talk with your teenagers helps reduce this number, that is the goal.
The highest risk is among new teen drivers, who are out on the road by themselves for the first time with relatively little experience driving. The CDC reports that new teen drivers are 3x more likely to be involved in a car accident per mile driven.
One of the leading causes of accidents is distracted driving. Not surprisingly, the number one distraction is cell phones. And this is an easy fix. Don’t use your mobile device while driving. Maybe a rule that you discuss with your teenagers is that when they are driving, the cell phone must be turned off. This eliminates the chance for distracted driving.
While checking texts or your Instagram feed may seem like a simple task, doing so while driving is incredibly dangerous, and not worth losing your life or causing harm to others.
- The main reason for teenage car accidents is inexperience behind the wheel
- 66% of teen passengers who die in a crash are not wearing a seat belt
- 58% of teens involved in crashes are distracted
- 25% of car crashes involved an underage alcohol impaired driver
- 5% of teen deaths in crashes are pedestrians and 10% are bicyclists
As attorney Mike White mentioned, teen drivers of today are a unique group of people who have always known a world with cell phones, and typically don’t go a day, let alone an hour, without using one.
This is highly problematic, as Mike handles many cases of teen driving accidents that were caused by cell phone distractions.
Mike’s advice for parents is to tell teen drivers to put their cell phones in their trunks or turn them off to avoid the temptation to use them while driving.
Another helpful tip is to look into a feature that sends a text back to friends and family members who are trying to get in touch with you that you are driving and will get back to them shortly.
Check out these other helpful tips to avoid distracted driving:
- Keep your eyes on the road, keep your hands on the wheel
- Don’t look at passengers when talking to them
- Do not use your cell phone or any type of mobile device when driving
- If you need to, pull over to the side of the road or go to a parking lot to make a call or send a text
- Pull over to enter an address into navigation or Google maps, don’t do it when you are driving
- Don’t check emails when you are driving
- Don’t text when you are driving
- Don’t consume alcohol, then get behind the wheel. Even if you think you are not drunk, your reflex time is greatly diminished after drinking alcohol
- Don’t put on your makeup when driving
- Do not drive with friends in your car right away – wait to become a more experienced driver
By keeping these alarming statistics in mind and following these tips, teens should be able to help avoid distractions and keep themselves, passengers and other drivers on the roads safe.
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