Establishing Safe Habits for Teen Drivers and Passengers
News about teen-driving is often horrific and seems to happen far too often: A teen driver is found dead after texting and driving results in a catastrophic car crash. As back-to-school time approaches, teens will likely be driving their friends around town, so there’s no better time than the present to remind teen drivers how to stay safe behind the wheel.
Most young people send dozens of texts per day. Because texting is a huge part of their life, teen drivers are often tempted to read or create text messages while they drive. In fact, 97 percent of teenage drivers surveyed by AT&T said they know texting at the wheel is dangerous. Still, 43 percent of them admitted to texting while driving anyway!
How Teenagers Can Be Better Drivers
Unfortunately, texting while driving continues to be the top cause of teenagers being involved in car accidents...in the Chicago metropolitan area and across the nation. In order to make Illinois roadways safer, teenage drivers should follow these safe driving habits:
- Always wear a seat belt
- Don’t text and drive
- Put cell phones away
- Don’t eat and drink while driving
- Don’t participate in other distracted driving activities
- Never operate a car under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Not only is teen driving safety important, but teenagers also need to learn how to be good passengers. Passengers in a teen’s car can be a huge distraction. According to the National Safety Council, just one teen passenger can increase a teenage driver’s risk of crashing by 48 percent.
How Teenagers Can Be Better Passengers
Teen passengers should always buckle up, ride quietly, and tell their friends that they are uncomfortable when they text and drive. Additionally, teenage passengers can help keep themselves and their friends safe by making sure they don’t:
- Distract the driver
- Shove a phone into a driver’s hands
- Point to something outside of the car
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