Every driver has the potential to be distracted while behind the wheel. But for teen drivers who are new to the road, distractions often seem far more numerous and much more likely to result in accidents. If you’ve got a teen who’s headed out onto the highway, here are the five most common distractions you need to be aware of.
- Phone calls: No matter how well you multitask, phone calls are a distraction when you’re driving. Contrary to being similar to having a passenger in the car, a phone call involves an individual in another location with no situational awareness to know when to stop talking so the driver can focus.
- Friends: It’s hard to concentrate when a group of boisterous teens are in a car. And when the driver is a teen who wants to be part of the fun, it can add a whole new element of danger.
- Loud music: The ability to hear sirens, tires screeching and horns beeping is a vital part of safe driving. Loud music distracts teens from hearing nearby cues for caution.
- Texts: It might seem obvious that reading and writing texts is not an activity to enjoy while driving, but it’s something that many teens do–and are distracted by.
- Food and drink: Fiddling with wrappers, straws, and cup holders and trying to eat and drink while driving is a big distraction that teens should be taught to avoid.
In addition to getting apps that stop phone calls and texts while driving, make sure your teen knows how big an issue distracted driving is. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as 3,477 people died due to distracted driving in 2015.
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