Will you be adding a teen driver to your household this year? If so, you will want to take advantage of every resource you can to help your teen driver learn safe driving habits. According to the California DMV, drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 years have the highest average crash and traffic violation rates compared to any other age group. Therefore, it is very important to teach your teen drivers safe driving skills from the very first time they sit down behind the wheel of a vehicle.
If you are purchasing a cell phone or even a new cell phone for your teenager this Christmas, you need to be aware of some startling facts about teen drivers. Researchers found that distraction and teen driver crashes were worse than previously thought. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted research involving video analysis of teen drivers. According to the research, distraction was a factor in 58 percent of teen crashes. This number is four times the number of accidents estimated from police reports. The NHTSA had previously estimated that only 14 percent of crashes by teen drivers involved distraction. The study showed that 12 percent of the crashes involved cell phone use. In another study, the AAA Foundation found that use of electronic devices by newly licensed teen drivers was the most common distraction.
Distracted driving is quickly becoming the most common reason for car crashes throughout the United States. Texting while driving is one of the worse forms of distracted driving as it requires the driver to completely disengage from the task of driving. Your eyes are looking at your cell phone, at least one hand is of the steering wheel, and your mind is not on the road ahead of you. In a matter of seconds, you can cause a horrific traffic accident that injuries or takes the lives of others. Other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and anyone else in your path is in immediate danger if you choose to ignore the warnings about texting while driving.