Most assume that smartphones, such as the iPhone or an Android phone. are the number one distraction for teen drivers. According to a AAA study, this is not the case. In a lengthy study, AAA found that 15% of accidents caused by distracted driving amongst teens was the passenger causing the distraction; 12% of accidents were caused by the use of a smartphone.
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Another interesting statistic was almost two thirds of those injured in teen car accidents are not the driver of the vehicle causing the accident; those injured are often passengers or in other vehicles.
Distracted driving continues to come up more and more in the Los Angeles area. When drivers are sitting in traffic or traveling down the Interstate, it is very easy to become distracted by a smartphone notification. This may be a text message, a Facebook or Snapchat notification or a simple Google Maps or GPS command. It is human nature to address any notification as soon as it comes in. For this reason, we suggest all drivers put their smartphone in the glove box before they start driving.
As a parent or guardian, it is important to remember that you lead by example. If you are looking at your iPhone, Android or Blackberry while driving a vehicle there is a good chance your child will do so as well. Take the initiative to put your cell phone away while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
Avoiding distractions is very important as a driver. Lead by example and do not attempt to distract a driver while as a passenger in a vehicle. If passengers behave appropriately and drivers do not use their cell phones the number of accidents will drop drastically.