Teenage drivers struggling with distracted driving is a problem that is as old as the first car. These young people are excited and very distractible and they can’t wait to get behind the wheel and feel that freedom. When coupled with driving in high traffic regions throughout Massachusetts and New England, the need for focus multiplies. What can we do as parents and guardians to impress upon them that that freedom comes with a greater responsibility than perhaps anything they’ve had control of?
Some Common Causes of Teen Distracted Driving
- Smart Phones/Devices: Today’s teenagers have lived their entire life with the presence of smartphones, tablets and other devices. They can hardly put the phone for a moment because their excited to respond or are worried that they might miss something. Driving while texting, messaging, or even talking can be a deadly distraction.
- Passengers/Friends: Sometimes a teen driver’s worst enemy can be his/her friends. For a new driver, being in a chaotic environment where everyone is talking, listening to music, etc. can take their attention away from the road and lead to tragic results.Tell your teen driver that it’s okay to ask their friends to respect their duty as the driver.
- Drowsy Driving: Many teens keep a poor sleep schedule. Whether it’s staying up late catching up on studying or hanging out with friends, they often set the alarm to rush out with just enough time to get to school. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as any other impaired driving. Help them to keep a healthier schedule and set enough time aside to properly wake up before grabbing the keys.
- Driving Under the Influence: Sadly, our children are surrounded by temptations and pressures from those around them to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, or take pills. This is a problem in general, but when you pair it with driving a motor vehicle is becomes a MAJOR problem which could result in injury or even death.
What Can A Parent Do?
The best thing that we can do as parents is to teach our teenagers about these different causes or Distracted Driving and to emphasize the seriousness and responsibility that the privilege of driving holds. Teach them that as adults we face consequences for our actions and that answering a text or looking cool to their friends is just plain not worth it.
Injured By A Distracted Driver
If you or a loved one are ever injured by the negligence of a Distracted Driver, do not hesitate to contact us and speak with one of our experienced attorneys, available 24/7.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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