National efforts to stop distracted driving are well documented. The debate still rages on over the effectiveness of these programs; however, a recent study suggests they are having little impact among teen drivers.
The Impact of Distracted Drivers
There is little dispute over the fact the driving distractions are dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 6,000 people lose their lives annually in American auto accidents involving distracted driving.
A Look at the Study
A May study conducted by AAA and Seventeen magazine looked at 1,999 teens between the ages of 16 and 19. The results of the study are shocking:
- Nearly nine in ten teens engage in distracted driving behaviors while knowing the risks.
- Approximately 84 percent of those surveyed admitted they were aware of the risks.
- Approximately 86 percent still engaged in those behaviors.
“Everybody has heard the message that distracted driving can raise your crash risk,” says AAA’s William Van Tassel. “They’re getting the message, but their personal experience may influence them in the other direction.”
The Study Reveals Common Teen Distractions
Texting and driving appears to be the number-one culprit. However, teens are engaging in other distracted driving behaviors at alarming rates. The study concludes that three of the other top distractions are:
- Adjusting radio, CD, and/or MP3 players (73 percent).
- Eating and drinking (61 percent).
- Cell phone use (60 percent).
“Teens do continue to drive distracted even when they recognize the dangers,” says Van Tassel. “Driving is the first real adult responsibility, but let’s face it, they’re still teens whose brains aren’t fully developed.”
Tips to Teach Your Young Driver
It starts with being a good role model. Teens tend to mimic their parents in many ways, especially when it comes down to driving habits. You can teach your teenager about staying away from driving distractions by:
- Discussing the dangers of driving distractions with them.
- Turning off your cell phone or putting it in the back seat when behind the wheel.
- Adjusting your radio dials and song selections before putting your car in drive.
- Consuming your meal and beverage before getting into your vehicle.
- Refrain from personal grooming while behind the wheel. Get ready at home.
Your Car Accident Injury
Though you can teach your teen about driving safety, you can’t control the habits of those you share the Florida roadways with. Their negligence can result in you or your teen being seriously injured. That is why you should call the team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A.
They have the knowledge and experience necessary to defend your rights. Their goal is to get you the best medical attention possible and get you the compensation you and your family deserve.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. Their team will inform you of your rights and help you build an effective accident injury case.