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Posted On 04.27.17 by in Auto Accidents
Nearly all kids look forward to learning to drive. The ability to drive represents freedom, and it also often represents a milestone that is associated with becoming an adult.
Even as our kids mature, though, the reality is that they don’t always make the best decisions. In fact, it’s common for teenagers to make poor decisions on a regular basis. And one of those decisions is often to drive distracted.
It’s important to talk about distracted driving with your teen in order to make sure that he or she remains safe — and that others are safe as well.
Distracted driving is what happens when anyone is engaged in other activities while operating a vehicle. One of the most common distractions these days is texting or talking on a cell phone. However, distracted driving can also include such activities as eating, drinking, fiddling with the radio or other entertainment, or even looking around in the car for something while driving.
According to the CDC, 18 percent of crashes resulting in injuring involve distracted driving. Additionally, in June 2011, the CDC found that more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the United States. One can only imagine that the number has increased — and that some of those were created by people who were driving cars.
It’s important to encourage your teen to avoid distracted driving if you want to reduce the chances that he or she will cause an accident that results in injury. Here are some tips for encouraging your teen to avoid distracted driving:
Make it a point to talk to your teens about distracted driving, and the importance of following the rules of defensive driving. Your teen will be a better driver, and less likely to be injured in any car accident in the future.
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