06 Mar 6 Things to Discuss with Your Teen Driver Before He Gets Behind the Wheel (Part 2)
Continuing from 6 Things to Discuss with Your Teen Driver Before They Get Behind the Wheel (Part 1), here are two more important things that are essential to talk about with your teenager before he or she starts driving. While some of these points may seem obvious or even elicit eye rolls from a teen who is eager to start driving, bringing up the statistics presented below can really drive your point home and, hopefully, get your teen to take these points very seriously.
Topic 2: Put down your cellphone
Using cellphones while driving is an all-too-common – and an all-too-dangerous – practice. Even with laws that restrict the use of cellphones for novice drivers (and that ban texting while driving for all motorists), many people still violate these laws, thinking that they can safely use their cellphone while operating their car.
Unfortunately, the statistics show otherwise, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Safety Council and the Department of Transportation have reported that:
- 11 teenagers die every day in the U.S. in motor vehicle accidents caused by motorists who were texting while driving.
- Using cellphones while driving increases the risk of getting into a car accident by as much as 23 percent.
- Texting while driving slows people’s reaction time to braking their vehicles by about 18 percent.
- Drivers who operate their cellphones while driving are as impaired as drivers who get behind the wheel after having 4 beers or cocktails.
- Texting while driving is approximately 6 times more likely to result in a motor vehicle accident than drunk driving is.
Topic 3: Never speed – it’s better to be late than risk your life
Whether teenagers may be late to some event or they are just trying to impress their friends, they should never drive above the speed limit (especially if they are driving at night or the weather is particularly poor). According to the NHTSA, speeding is a factor in about 35 percent of all fatal traffic accidents that involve teenagers. What’s possibly more shocking is the fact that speeding is entirely avoidable, so teen drivers should refrain from speeding and avoid risk their (and other people’s) lives.
Check out the third and final part of the blog for the last two tips to keep in mind when talking about driving safety with your teen.
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