Distractions

Staying Focused on Driving

Did you know that handheld and hands-free phone use while driving are EQUALLY risky? The crash stats are so compelling many companies are banning any use of any phone by employees while driving (including those in sales). You can imagine how difficult it is for a new driver to drive while talking on the phone or texting.

But those aren’t even the highest driving risks for teens. Having other young passengers in the car is the number one most dangerous driving behavior for teens. Talk with your new driver about all potential distractions—inside and outside of the vehicle.

But not everyone knows that one of the highest-risk driving situations for teens is having other young passengers in the car. Talk with your teen about all potential distractions—inside and outside of the vehicle.

What other in-vehicle distractions are potentially lethal for the new driver?

  • Applying make-up
  • Reading
  • Using the internet
  • Looking for things in the glove box or reaching for a purse
  • Eating
  • Fumbling while performing what seems like a simple task

These are all distractions within the driver’s control that should be avoided, but distractions also happen outside the car:

  • Interesting signs
  • Events on the side of the road—including crashes
  • Beautiful scenery

These distractions are hard to avoid. Help remind new drivers to keep their eyes moving and scan the road. When our teens are driving, they must stay focused on the task at hand: Driving.

One of the best ways for them to learn is to watch you drive—distraction free. Remember that your behavior sets the example for your teen.

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