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Top tips for helping teens avoid distracted driving

As unfortunate as it may be, distracted driving remains a major problem throughout the United States.

As one of our Texas readers, it's safe to assume that you've witnessed this activity at some point in the not so distant past. Furthermore, there's a possibility that you've partaken in this dangerous activity yourself.

Although anybody can become a victim of distracted driving, many teenagers often fall prey to this dangerous behavior. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that they have a lot going on in their maturing minds and they don't understand the dangers of dividing one's attention when behind the wheel. Risk taking is par for the course for most teenagers.

Here are some tips for helping teens avoid distracted driving:

  • Educate. It's important for teenage drivers to understand why distracted driving is so dangerous. Once they realize that this can lead to an accident that causes serious injury or even death, they're less likely to make a poor decision in the future.
  • Make it clear that there is never a good time to use a cellphone when driving. For example, sending just one text message while driving is a bad idea. The same holds true for holding a cell phone. The only time a cell phone should be used in a vehicle is if it's stopped or in the event of an emergency.
  • Explain the many types of distracted driving. Some people understand the dangers associated with texting and driving. However, there are many other forms of distracted driving that are every bit as dangerous. This includes but is not limited to eating, applying makeup, conversing with passengers, and adjusting the radio.

When teens are taught to keep their eyes on the road when behind the wheel, it's less likely that they will become distracted and cause an accident as a result.

Keep an eye out for distracted drivers

Unfortunately, even with laws in place, many teens continue to text and drive (among other dangerous behavior).

Since this remains a problem, it's important to be alert for others who are not paying attention to the road. Even so, you could still find yourself involved in an accident.

If a distracted driver causes an accident in which you are injured, don't wait to receive medical attention. Once you're able to do so, you can learn more about the cause of the accident, your legal rights in Texas, and the steps you can take to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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