Safe Driving Videos for Teen Drivers
A survey of 2,000 teen drivers revealed some startling statistics regarding texting while driving.
- 71% of teens surveyed agreed that texting while driving was not acceptable but 45% of teens admitted they have texted while driving
- 95% of teens surveyed admitted they read emails and texts while driving
- 75% of teens surveyed admitted they watched a video while driving
- Over 90% of teens surveyed admitted they posed to social media websites while driving
Texting while driving affects all three factors that can increase the risk of causing a motor vehicle accident. When you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road (visual); you have at least one hand off the steering wheel (manual); and, your mind is focused on texting instead of driving (cognitive). Because texting while driving has become a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, teaching teens about the dangers of texting while driving has become a priority for many organizations. One way to educate teens is through Public Service Announcements (PSAs).
Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Individuals and organizations have created PSAs aimed at educating teen drivers about the dangers of texting while driving. For example, Toyota and Discovery Education challenge teens to create safe driving PSAs in its TeenDriver 365 Video Challenge. For the past four years, the contest has awarded teens who create inventive and informative videos related to safe driving. The winner for 2015, “Curb Your Distractions,” encourages teen drivers to leave all distractions “on the curb” to avoid accidents. “Last Moments” was awarded The People’s Choice award for depicting what happens inside and outside of a vehicle just seconds before and during a crash caused by texting while driving. You can view the winners on Toyota’s TeenDriver365 website.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AT&T also have PSAs as part of their campaigns against texting while driving that are informative, provocative, and compelling. More PSAs can be found on YouTube.
Parents need to take steps to educate their teen drivers about the dangers of texting while driving. Steps parents can take include:
- Watching Public Service Announcements about the dangers of texting while driving with your teen driver
- Take the “It Can Wait” pledge with your teen driver
- Set a good example by not texting while driving or using your cell phone or other electronic devices while driving
- Use information and resources provided by organizations like AAA, Allstate, AT&T, Ad Council, Distraction.gov, and NHTSA to education your teens about safe driving habits
Have You Been Injured By a Distracted Driver?
Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving are serious problems. Distracted drivers cause thousands of accidents each year that injure others and takes the lives of innocent people. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, you have the legal right to receive compensation for your injuries.
The experienced car accident attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. want to help you obtain a fair and just settlement for your injuries. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation. We represent individuals in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL.