Introduction:Teen drivers accounted for the deaths of more than 6,400 people in 2008, including car passengers, bystanders in the street and occupants of other cars. For every 1000 drivers age 16 years of age, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reports more than 61 percent have been in a crash that involved a fatality or injury. Mix in dining while driving, texting, chatting on the phone and friends in the car and the percentage for teen drivers shows more than a 50% chance of turning out as a trip that involves a crash with serious injuries---or even death.
This rule seems like a no-brainer, but teens who think they can multitask often end up in accidents for this distracting action. Texting is the same as writing a letter with pen and paper---not something that most folks would consider a driving activity.
Your car floor of your teen's auto may look like the floor at the local fast food restaurant, but eating distracts the teenager from the basic duty---driving! Demand teens pull the car over and eat and then head out again on the road. No exceptions.
Talking on cell phones draws attention away from the road and the actions of other drivers, especially for teens who really get involved in the conversation.
Teens should drive alone or with an adult in the car. More than one teen in the car creates an atmosphere that encourages distractions that contribute to accidents.
Ear coverings interfere with hearing the sounds of sirens and the horns of emergency vehicles. Wearing headphones or headsets while driving is illegal in most states.
I hate to even see people texting and driving.
Great tips. It is now illegal to text while driving in WI and in some areas talking on the phone. Very wise. Thanks for the advice. High 5.
I need to print this for my 2 children .. actually teaching both to drive now, 15 & 16 years of age, I've mentioned pretty much everything you have on this list to them .. fantastic list! Thanks for sharing ..
This is an excellent, sound thinking list of rules for teen drivers. h5
I just returned from LA where talking on a cell phone is illegal for both teens and adults. People were chatting away on the side streets and the freeways-- all while driving! Maybe auto manufacturers can install a blocking device to keep the phones from receiving a signal in the car.
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