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Distracted driving is an epidemic that kills thousands of people each year.
Everywhere we go, we see drivers focused on their phones, their makeup, their snacks – anything but the road in front of them. As your teen driver gains experience behind the wheel, he or she will encounter these drivers more and more, while also dealing with his or her own distractions. Fortunately, you can help protect your teen from these risks.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the perfect time to talk to your teen driver about the dangers of distraction. As we’ve said before, parents are the No. 1 influence on teen driving habits, so it is up to you to make sure your teen drives safely.
To take part in Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the National Safety Council has put together a number of resources you can use to learn more about distraction risks and create awareness of them in your community. To get through to your teen, however, you can start by sharing your own experiences with distraction. Make it clear this is a serious danger all drivers face and reinforce the importance of driving distraction-free.
When driving with your teen, point out other distracted drivers you see and explain how your teen can take precautions to stay safe around them. You can then work this topic into your New Driver Deal, take a pledge with your teen to be attentive drivers and share your story on social media to encourage others to take action this month.
Here at DriveitHOME, we’ll be talking more about this next week, highlighting some of the biggest distractions your teen should be aware of and offering solutions to help both of you stay safe.
This year’s theme for Distracted Driving Awareness Month is Just Drive, which is great advice for new and experienced drivers. If you’re looking for a quick lesson this week, teach your teen: when in doubt, just drive. Everything else can wait.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.