According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), inexperience behind the wheel makes teen drivers more susceptible to distraction. Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness offers parents and families information to help teen drivers prevent distracted driving.
According to the NHTSA, about 1 in 3 teens who text say they have done so while driving. NHTSA research has found that dialing a phone number while driving increases a teen’s risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times.
While many may think teen driving accidents are due to aggressive driving, it’s more often critical errors due to inexperience. These errors include:
The leading causes and contributing factors in accidents with teen drivers include:
What Families Can Do to Support Teen Drivers
Families can take steps to help teens drive safely and stay safe:
Individuals cannot drive safely without paying full attention to the road. Any activity, from texting to eating or drinking and chatting with passengers, can be a distraction that increases the risk of crashing the car. Teens can take action to prevent distracted driving: