Texting and Teens: A Dangerous Combination

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https://ntsi.com | Texting while driving increases the chances for an accident, especially among inexperienced young drivers. New drivers need to know the dangers of distracted driving, including texting while driving to make better choices.
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Texting and Teens: A Dangerous Combination

  1. 1. Texting And Teens: A Dangerous Combination
  2. 2. Overview Driving while texting significantly increases drivers’ likelihood of getting into an automobile accident. Studies show that distracted driving impairs a drivers ability about as much as driving under the influence of alcohol does. As mobile phone usage is nearly ubiquitous among teens, teaching them the dangers of distracted driving is essential to helping them become safe responsible drivers.
  3. 3. License To Drive Getting a driver’s license remains an important coming-of-age event for American youth. Although teens are waiting longer to get licenses, about 54 percent of teens are getting licenses by the time they turn 18. Inexperienced drivers are more prone to accidents, so emphasizing safety is important.
  4. 4. Inexperienced Drivers At Greater Risk of Accident Accident statistics show that new drivers are at an elevated risk of getting involved in an automobile accident. The following are the most common causes of teen accidents: - Failing to see and respond to hazards (21 percent). - Traveling too fast for road conditions (21 percent). - Being distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle (20 percent).
  5. 5. Texting and Driving Mobile phones can be very distracting and inexperienced drivers are particularly susceptible to making an error while trying to operate a phone and a vehicle at the same time. • In 2011, about 23 percent of all crashes – close to 1.3 million wrecks – involved a mobile phone. • About 82 percent of teens own a mobile phone. More than 50 percent say they talk on the phone while driving, while about 33 percent say they text while driving.
  6. 6. Bad Odds • If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. • If you dial and drive, an accident is three times more likely to occur. • If you’re talking on your phone, an accident is 1.4 times more likely.
  7. 7. Against The Law Many states have banned texting and driving. It’s against the law in 39 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, about 13 percent of teens involved in crashes say they used a cell phone while driving. Texting takes the driver’s eyes off the road for about five seconds. That’s enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph. and plenty of time to get into an accident.
  8. 8. Consequences of Texting and Driving The consequences of texting and driving can be steep. • Teens may become involved in an accident that injures or kills themselves, their passengers, pedestrians or occupants of another vehicle. • They could face significant jail time if they cause a death or injury. • They could pay heavy costs in fines, repair costs and insurance premiums. • They may also lose their privilege to drive.
  9. 9. How NTSI Can Help The National Traffic Safety Institute can help educate new drivers about safe driving practices. NTSI can: • Provide new drivers with reinforcement of safe driving habits. • Provide information on death and injuries caused by distracted driving. • Teach new drivers about laws regarding safe driving in their state.
  10. 10. About The National Traffic Safety Institute NTSI has provided driver training to millions of individuals over the past 40 years. Our company can help new drivers learn the rules of the road and provide training to employees of companies involved in transportation. Our company stresses on-the-road safety and compliance with the law and best safety practices. To learn more, visit https://ntsi.com/ or call (866) 346-3283.

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