Distracted driving is driving a motor vehicle while you are engaged in another activity. These distracted driving tips and truths will help give you a better idea of the dangers distracted driving poses.
- Smoking (including lighting and extinguishing the cigarette)
- Pets in the car
- Changing radio stations or adjusting stereo volume
- Eating and drinking
- Other people in the car
- Looking at activities outside the car (watching an accident)
- Thinking about other things (lost in a fog)
To keep your eyes on the road and to keep you and your passenger’s safe, follow these distracted driving tips and make a pact with your parents that you should:
- Not eat or drink behind the wheel
- Avoid getting too involved with you passengers as you drive
- Keep music at moderate levels and not change the radio stations
- Avoid reading maps or programing a GPS while driving
- Pull over to do anything that requires taking your eyes off the road (picking up a fallen item, checking a map)
Distracted Driving Tips And Facts
The Truth About Cell Phone Usage
No, we didn’t forget about cell phone usage, we just saved the most important thing for last. The number one source of driver distraction is talking or texting on a cell phone. In the United States, cell phone usage (texting or talking) is responsible for 30,000 motor vehicle related injuries each year and 11 deaths each day In the state of California, the law bans all handheld devices, texting for all drivers, and all cell phone usage (even hands free) for driver’s under the age of 18. So odds are, you’re looking at a fine of $161 if you are ticketed for using a cell phone while driving; that’s if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket as opposed to getting into an accident. So though your parents might sound like a couple of wet blankets when they harass you about using your cell phone while driving, they’re really just trying to save your life. Turning off your phone or putting it in the backseat is a great way to keep it out of reach while you drive to your destination.
Show Your Parents How Responsible You Are
With all of the freedom that driving provides, we know that there are still plenty of things that your parents might worry about. There is one way, however, to get them to see that you really are a responsible teen driver: go to online driver’s Ed for California. Not only will you learn some of the most important road rules in existence, you’ll learn a few things that you might not know about unless faced with the situation. This is one way that your parents will see that you are serious enough about your driving knowledge and safety, and maybe (just maybe) they might cut you some slack.
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