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Talk to your teens about distracted driving

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 15, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Distracted driving is a serious and growing problem in our country, so it’s a good thing April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 71% of teens have admitted to composing or sending SMS/text messages while driving. In addition, 78% of teens have admitted to reading messages while driving.

What’s wrong with this picture? Every time we look down at our phones, we take our eyes off the road for an average of four to five seconds. Think of all the things that could happen during this short time:

  • The car in front of you could stop.
  • You could run a stop light/sign.
  • A family pet could run out in front of your car.
  • A child could run out in front of your car.
  • You could swerve and cross the centerline.
  • You could swerve and hit a pedestrian.

Texting and other types of distracted driving could change your teen’s (and your!) life forever. To watch a short video on this year’s distracted driving campaign, by Distraction.gov, click here.

Distracted Driving BrochureEducation and leading by example are the best ways we can teach our teens to avoid distracted driving. The attached brochure offers ideas you can discuss with your teens to help them understand the dangers of texting and distracted driving. If you’re still not getting through, consider tough love. Take away the phone or car. While it might be an inconvenience for you, it could save your son’s or daughter’s life. 

West Bend is pleased to partner with Jeff Huber from Drive for Life Driving School to help prevent distracted driving. To learn more, watch the video below or check out the additional resources.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them; please share them in the box below.

Topics: Distracted Driving, Teen Safety

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