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You’ve seen them on the roads; you might even know a few of them. And you could be one yourself.
Distracted drivers come in all shapes, sizes, ages and experience levels. In fact, AAA has stated that people admitting to distracted driving has doubled in the past 5 years. If you watch NBC’s The Today Show, you may have seen their report last week. It showed 45% of people read messages while driving and 35% send messages. This activity makes the risk of a crash 8 times higher!
If you or someone else you know thinks you can drive just fine while using your phone, think about this next time you are driving through Denver neighborhoods: more than 391,000 people were injured in crashes that reportedly involved distracted driving in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 3,000 of those people died.
To help you avoid all kinds of distractions the next time you’re behind the wheel of your car here are a few tips:
- Put your phone in silent mode and store it away from the front seat or in a purse or bag. This helps reduce temptation.
- Have a passenger answer your phone or return text messages for you. Using your phone to DJ your road trip? Get one of your younger children involved and allow them to control the music.
- If a call or a text can’t wait, pull over in a safe spot before using your phone.
- This one seems obvious, but finish shaving or applying makeup before you get in the car!
- If you’re emotional, wait until you’ve calmed down before hitting the road.
- Avoid road rage. You’ll be happier and safer.
- Whenever you’re on the road, it’s not a time to multi-task. Driving safely is your focus. (You are also a role model for the children who may be along for the ride.)
High school is full of defining moments for teens from Green Mountain, Bear Creek and other Denver area schools. For most, two of the biggest highlights are prom and graduation. However, this time of year often sees other, more tragic defining moments – serious car accidents involving teens who are distracted or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
At The Insurance Place, Inc., we want to help make this season one to celebrate for you and your teen. With the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are some tips that can keep your teen safe.
Before the big events, discuss some general safe-driving rules and let them know these are “absolutes” any time your teen is behind the wheel:
- No alcohol or drug use
- All passengers must wear their seat belt
- No cell phone usage (including texting) while driving
For the night of the special event, take a few extra precautions:
- Know the itinerary of the evening and who will be with your teen. Request contact information for everyone in case you are unable to reach your teen.
- Discuss with your teen how to handle difficult situations such as pressure to drink or to ride with someone who shouldn’t be driving.
- Consider splitting the cost of a limo and have contact information for the driver. (Please be sure to verify insurance coverage and check reviews for a qualified driver.)
- Provide money for a taxi, Uber, or Lyft in case of emergency.
- Offer a “no-questions-asked” ride home, should they need one during the evening. Getting home safely outweighs any other risk factors at that moment.
Prom and graduation in Colorado are special times in a teen’s life. Just a little common sense will go a long way toward making sure your young adult is around to enjoy the other milestones that are sure to come.