National Teen Driver Safety Week Focus on Distracted Driving
Despite a decrease in crash vehicle numbers over the past 20 years, teen drivers continue to have the highest crash rate according to the AAA in the United States. Although there are several factors that contribute to teen crashes, distractions play a significant role according to the AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety recent study.
The AAA Traffic Safety study used video analysis and determined that six out of 10 or 58 percent of moderate to severe teen crashes were as a result of teens engaging in distracted driving behaviour. The percentage was significantly higher that of the numbers reported by law enforcement, being approximately 14 percent.
National Teen Driver Safety Week Driver Distractions
The most common types of distractions teens engage in prior to a vehicle crash include:
1. Interacting with their passengers (15% of crashes).
2. Using their smartphones while driving (12% of crashes).
3. Eyes off the road, looking inside the vehicle (10%) and looking at something outside the vehicle (9%).
4. Interacting with music while in the vehicle (8%).
5. Personal grooming (6%).
6. Reaching for an object in the vehicle (6%).
Young Drivers encourages teen and all other drivers to:
A. Turn their phones off while driving. Your texts and voice mails will be there when you arrive at your destination.
B. Notify your family and friends when you will be driving, advising them that you will not answer their calls or texts until you reach your destination.
C. Lock your phone in the truck to avoid all temptations.
These three simple suggestions could make a huge impact on decreasing the statistics when it comes to collisions and fatalities associated with distracted driving for teens and all other drivers.
National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 19-25, 2015) is an opportunity to remind teens about the risks when it comes to distracted driving. As driving educations, Young Drivers of Canada understands that the results of distracted driving are emotional and economical. Distracted driving has far reaching consequences inclusive of family, friends, first responder and economic ramifications. National Teen Driver Safety Week is an opportune time to remind our teens about the dangers of driving distracted.