IAbout 90 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and 6,400 people were injured. And while not all crashes can be avoided, learning the basic rules of the road as early as possible is the key to being a safe and responsible driver. Of course, it's also not uncommon for teenagers and those without much driving experience to get overconfident in their abilities and put their safety at risk. But with a few basic tips, you can teach your teen to avoid these mistakes and stay as safe as possible during their learning experience. Here's part one of our guide that will address one of the most essential mistakes for teens and other beginner drivers to avoid: distracted driving.
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Distracted driving is an issue primarily seen with younger generations, so it's absolutely critical to teach your teen from an early age that it's never safe to look down at a cellular device while driving, regardless of the vehicle's speed or the reason for the distraction. Looking down or anywhere other than the road drastically slows your response time and puts the driver and everybody else in the vehicle and on the roads at risk. Distracted driving is easily one of the most common, if not the most common, mistake made by teens that cause countless accidents each year.
"When you're talking or texting on a cell phone, eating, or even fiddling with the radio, you are taking your eyes off the road and your attention away from your surroundings. For example, did you know that sending one text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles an hour, this means you'd drive the length of a football field while looking down at your phone!" writes DMV.org.
Of course, if you ever get into an accident involving a distracted driver, it's always best to consult a criminal defense attorney in Clackamas County.
Ultimately, understanding the common mistakes made by teenage drivers every day is the key to emphasizing the proper safety techniques during their learning experience. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss some more common teenage driving mistakes, and for more information about finding a criminal defense attorney in Clackamas County or what to do when being charged with a crime, contact Rhett Bernstein.