Distracted driving is a risk for all drivers, and especially teens.
1. What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is engaging in any activity that could take a person’s attention away from the complex task of driving.
2. What are the most common distractions?
- Talking on a mobile phone—whether hands-free or handheld—is one of the most common distractions. Many states ban teens from using any phone while driving, even if they’re hands-free.
- Texting is even more dangerous.
- Passengers—especially brothers and sisters—should not be in the car with a newly licensed teen for at least six months (or possibly longer depending on your state’s laws).
- Any electronic device—GPS, computer, music player, etc.—should never be used while a vehicle is in motion. Some states require cars to be parked in a safe location before these devices can be adjusted.
- Other distractions include activities that are not essential for driving. Removing items from the glove compartment or the backseat, applying makeup or eating can all be dangerous. Teens should avoid these activities while driving.
3. Set ground rules with your teen
Parents should discuss the danger of distracted driving with teens to make them understand how important it is to focus on only the road. Have your teen sign a comprehensive New Driver Deal.
4. You are a role model