When children in California turn 15 ½, they often take the test for their temporary license.
After many hours of practice time on the roadways, they get their license. And their freedom.
Unfortunately, this new found freedom can come with a price as teens often find themselves distracted behind the wheel.
The National Transportation Safety Board has worried about distracted driving and teenagers for years, which is why the agency recommended that all states prohibit those with learner’s permits and intermediate licenses from using cell phones while driving.
Common teenage driving distractions include:
Cell Phone – Even though many states do have laws against using the phone while driving, this is the number one distraction of teenage drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately eleven teens sustain fatal injuries every day in the United States as a result of other teens using their cell phones while driving.
Music – Most teens play music in the car. However, many accidents occur because they change radio stations or CDs while in motion. That is why parents should encourage their teens to choose one radio station or CD before putting the car in drive.
Friends – When teens have friends in the car, it puts them at a higher risk for having an accident. In fact, for each additional passenger, the risk rises. Teen drivers should have their license for at least one year before they have friends as passengers.