Distracted Driving Statistics That Teens Need to Read

 

Distracted driving is the number one leading cause of death among American teens. This sad fact is made even more tragic by the fact that every single one of the deaths was easily preventable. Chevrolet includes several features in their new vehicles to help teens be better drivers, but the best tool is knowledge and good habits.
 

Teens aren’t the only ones who are vulnerable to the temptations of distracted driving. It’s likely that you may do these things every day that are considered distracted driving. Here are some of the most common forms of distracted driving:

 

·      Texting

·      Eating/drinking

·      Lighting a cigarette

·      Using a cell phone

·      Changing the radio station

·      Rubbernecking / looking in the mirrors excessively

·      Using a GPS

·      Reading

·      Watching videos

·      Digging for items lost under seats

·      Tending to children

·      Having a pet in the vehicle

·      Talking on the phone

 

If you have a young driver in your household, share these statistics with them and talk to them about being a responsible driver. Your teens should also be taught to refuse to ride with any of their friends who are distracted drivers.

 

§  36% of teens say they’ve been involved in a near-wreck because of their own (or someone else’s) distracted driving.

 

§  11% of drivers age 19 or younger involved in fatal wrecks were reported as distracted at the time of the accident.

 

§  Distracted driving is the cause of more than 58% of crashes involving teen drivers.

 

§  Roughly, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily in accidents in which at least one driver was distracted.

 

If you’d like to learn more about what safety features are available on General Motors vehicles to help teen drivers (and any driver!), you can visit http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/general-motors-technology/gm-safety-technology/gm-active-safety-technology/general-motors-teen-driver-technology/.

 

 

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