Distracted driving and young driver safety is the focus of National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), October 16-22, 2016. To mark the occasion, Parachute, a national charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, released the results of a survey they commissioned concerning the attitudes of young drivers regarding texting & driving and driving high:
Distracted Driving, Did You Know:
- 71% of young drivers aged between 16 and 24 do not consider using their phones while driving to be very distracting;
- Distracted driving is a factor in up to 19% of all fatal crashes involving young drivers;
- 39% of young drivers admit they text behind the wheel;
- Texting behind the wheel is like driving with your eyes closed for five seconds.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving isn’t just about texting and driving. Studies on teen distracted driving in the U.S. have shown that more people are using the internet while driving. While texting used to be the major problem, as technology on mobile devices has evolved, people now have cell phone access to videos, email, and social sites for interacting or posting photos. These distractions can be just as serious. In fact, drivers need to understand that any activity that causes them to focus on anything other than operating their vehicle is a danger. Causes of distracted driving can also include:
- grooming / putting on makeup
- reading (including driving directions)
- driving when very upset or emotional
- having very animated discussions with other passengers.
Your Insurance and Distracted Driving
There are many ways that distracted driving can affect your insurance rates. Whether you have an accident or not, distracted driving causes a problem for everyone. While we see technology and use of mobile devices as creating problems like distracted driving, technology can also improve road safety and save us money.
Using Technology to Increase Safe Driving and Save Money on Insurance
Technology in insurance is helping by providing tools that help us improve our driving habits and increase our own awareness. If you are a safe driver, there are also ways to save money on insurance by using technology, like Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) which recognizes good driving behavior and gives you discounts as a result.
National Teen Driver Safety Week is a great opportunity to talk to your teen about safe driving habits.