Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:40 pm
Teens that are now getting their driver’s licenses are part of the first generation to be raised entirely in the digital era. Being connected through a smartphone is a fact of life.
But, mobile devices can lead to distracted driving. It’s up to parents to teach this generation how to be safe and smart behind the wheel.
According to a 2013 finding by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers 15 to 19 years old have the highest percentage of drivers distracted by phone use.
In 2013, there were 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 injured, according to the NHTSA. That same year, 156 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted teen driver.
Teaching your teen good habits can help ensure that they make smart decisions with their mobile device while driving. Make sure they know to park in a safe place before texting.
If you’re a parent looking for additional teen driving safety tips, the CDC has great suggestions. Some of the key takeaways are: be involved and coach your teen; practice what you preach; and consider placing restrictions on your new driver.
When coaching your teen on safe driving, the NHTSA recommends teaching them the “5 to Drive”:
- No Drinking and Driving.
- Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back.
- Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.
- Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.
- No More Than One Passenger at Any Time.
You can also consider taking a state-approved defensive driving course with your teen driver. Not only will it help to educate you and your teen about safe driving, but Plymouth Rock Assurance offers a defensive driver discount on car insurance for completing these classes.
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