AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 1: Don’t Drive Distracted
The numbers say it all: Dialing a phone while driving increases your risk of crashing by three times; texting while driving increases it by two times.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data show motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers 14 to 18 years old in the United States. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes. Of those teens involved in fatal crashes, 1,163 (55%) survived, and 942 (45%) died in the crash.
In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. While texting and dialing a phone are the most obvious distractions, talking, eating, and playing with the radio can also take your teen’s attention away from driving. Visit distraction.gov to get more information.