How to Teach Your Teen Driver to Avoid Distracted Driving

Today’s drivers are prone to distractions – from changing the radio station to texting on the road. Engaging in any type of distraction can take visual, manual and cognitive abilities from the road ahead – and put everyone at risk of a serious accident. Distracted driving has become so regular that it is one of the leading causes for accidents and traffic-related deaths in the United States.

Drivers under the age of 21 are especially vulnerable to distracted driving incidents. Parents of teen drivers can be proactive and reduce the likelihood their teen will engage in distracted driving just by teaching them how to avoid distractions.


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What are the Deadliest Distractions on the Road?

There is no doubt that distracted driving is dangerous. Those that are behind the wheel while talking on the phone, talking to passengers or engaging in behaviors that take their eyes off the road put everyone at risk – including themselves. Unfortunately, most drivers assume that texting or talking on the phone are the only forms of distracted driving. While these are the most common, there are several other dangerous (if not deadly) forms of distracted driving that all drivers should avoid.

The Most Dangerous Distractions

There are many other distractions that take a person’s eyes from the road. All it takes is a few seconds for a vehicle to veer out of their lane or even strike another vehicle or pedestrian.


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Will Smart Watches Increase the Number of Distracted Driving Accidents?

Smart watches, including those released by Samsung and Apple, are meant to make your life more convenient. You can receive text messages, answer phone calls, get reminders and even keep track of your health using a single device. These watches are not as bulky and awkward as cellphones, but offer you instant technology no matter where you go. While they are certainly helpful, there is one concern that has yet to be addressed about these devices: distracted driving.

Smart Watches and the Law

Unfortunately the law has not caught up with smart watches or the latest technology. Therefore, even states that make it illegal to text or talk while driving do not have laws applicable to the use of smart watches. Drivers can technically use these devices without any legal consequences for their actions. Even more unfortunately, there are no laws currently in the works to address the use of smart watches, which means it may be several years before lawmakers finally realize just how risky the use of these devices can be.


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