According to a researcher from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), traffic accidents are now the No. 1 cause of deaths among U.S. teens. As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the researcher broke down the risks among novice drivers and says there's a lot we can do to lower the risk.
While you may be an effective multitasker in the office or at home, there is no such thing as safe multitasking on the road. Anything less than 100 percent attention while you are driving increases your risk of getting into an accident.
Intoxication is not the only thing that puts drivers at risk. Distracted driving poses many dangers as well. With the advancement of handheld technology, distractions are present more than ever. Many states, including Washington, have passed laws that restrict cellphone use while driving to crack down on this problem. Keep yourself free from distractions while behind the wheel to reduce the chances of getting in an accident.
Distracted driving is more than just texting. Driving distracted means that kids are screaming in the backseat, you're drinking a latte, talking on the phone, and checking out the car crash on the side of the road. While most people only do one of these at a time, distracted driving is a growing problem which causes motor vehicle accidents every day. A study has recently looked into what is the most dangerous type of driving distraction.
When the topic of distracted driving comes up, many parents automatically think of their teens' behavior. They worry that their teens are talking, texting or playing Pokéman Go behind the wheel. But the truth is--that while distracted driving is a concern for the parents of teen drivers--teens aren't the only ones who are looking at their phone while operating motor vehicles.