TeenSafe Gains Attention
TeenSafe’s attention to teen driving safety week has been recognized nationwide and got a mention on health day. Texting and driving is such a widespread issue that just about everyone has experienced it one way or another. Not all of the experiences ended in a good way. Annually distracted driving kills thousands of people and injures hundreds of thousands more. Studies report that teens were the biggest age group listed as distracted when there was a fatal crash. Beyond raising awareness with statistics, the goal of TeenSafe during teen driving safety week was really an attempt to put an end to risky driving amongst teens.
Training Starts At Home
Parents may have the biggest influence on their kid’s behaviors. Teens pick up what they are seeing their parents do, so parents must lead by example and put down their devices while driving. All teens should be aware of road rules while driving, especially involving cell phone use. Most states have tried to crack down on this issue as a whole by increasing fines and implementing worse punishments for driving and using the phone.
What’s At Risk?
The biggest risk of any type of distraction is a fatality. It only takes a glimpse away from the road to either take a photo, look at a friend or phone or other distraction and you can find yourself in a fatal crash. Communicate with kids about the importance of staying focused on the road, following the rules of the road, and putting the phone down and away from within an arms reach so it can’t temp them to be distracted.
Let’s Put An End To This
Fatal statistics shouldn’t happen and teens should know not to take their eyes off the road for anyone or anything when they’re driving. A text or photo can wait, it isn’t worth the risk. Even though teen driving safety week has finished, hopefully the thought of keeping everyone behind the wheel safe keeps going.