Teens Behind The Wheel: Talking to Parents?
According to new research, teenage drivers are using their cell phones while driving to speak with their parents more than friends or any other people. According to the CDC, around 2,700 teens are killed each year in car crashes, and another 280,000 are treated and released from emergency rooms after accidents. Distracted driving accounts for 11% of fatal teen crashes, and 21% of those distracted driving accidents are the result of cell phone usage.
Further research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that 86% of 11th and 12th grade students admits to using their cell phones while driving.
This new research was gathered from students and drivers ages 15-18, in over 31 states. The results showed that at least half of all teens revealed that they spoke with parents while they were driving, many revealing the fear of an angry parent if they delayed a phone conversation or did not answer the phone when they called.
Speculations have been made that teens are learning these behind the wheel phone habits directly from their parents, many of whom use cell phones themselves while driving. If we want to set a good example for our children, we must put down our phones while we’re behind the wheel of a car.
If you have a driving teenager, make it a priority to let them know that you will not be upset if they don’t talk to you while they are driving. Whenever you call them, first ask them if they are driving. If so, tell them to call you back when they reach their destination and end the conversation. Having your teen’s eyes on the road is far more important than any conversation you may need to have with them. Let’s set a good example for our children and put down the phones.
If you or your teen have been involved in an accident where distracted driving was a factor, give the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Wagner Reese a call. We can assist you with your recovery and get the compensation you deserve to cover your expenses and medical costs.