There are always new drivers out on the road. For the teens, getting their license and driving on their own is a very exciting time. For the parents on the other hand, this can be very stressful. It's important for new drivers to be responsible young drivers, educated about vehicle safety, and basic vehicle maintenance.
Here are some facts about teen driving according to dosomething.org...
-Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group.
-Roughly 35,000 American teens have died in automobile crashes in the past five years. That's 6,000 per year, 18 per day.
-Texting while driving makes you 4 times more likely to cause a crash.
-Almost 65% of all teen passenger deaths occurred when another teen was driving.
-Teens have the lowest seat belt use of all drivers.
-Over 90% of teens admit to doing multiple tasks while driving, such as talking on the phone, eating, playing loud music, channel surfing, using mp3 players, and interacting with friends in the car even when they admit they find it distracting.
-An overwhelming 75% of teens even admit to text messaging while driving.
-About 54% of teenage motor vehicle crash deaths occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday-with Saturday being the deadliest day of the week for teens.
-The deadliest months of the year for teenage motor vehicle fatalities are the summer months of June, July, and August, followed by October.
-On July 4, an average of 28 teenagers die in car crashes every year.
-On January 1, an average of 23 teenagers die in car crashes every year.
With texting while driving being one of the biggest causes of teen car crashes there are ways to help prevent your teen from texting and driving. First and foremost it is important that your teen has a respect for driving and knowledge about the potential consequences that come along with it. There are other ways, however, to help keep your teen from texting. Many new apps have come out for parents to put on their teens cell phones. Some of these include, MobiLocPlus which is an app available for both iPhones and android phones which disables all calls, texting, emails, and notifications from things such as Facebook when the phone senses movement over 10mph. Once the vehicle comes to a slow or halts the phone returns to normal with all missed calls, emails, texts, and notifications.
Some cell phone carriers offer similar services; T-Mobile offers what is called DriveSmart. DriveSmart works along the same lines as the MobiLocPlus application except the downfall is the basic version does not offer gps services to sense motion.
Sprint offers Drive First which works similar to MobiLocPlus. Drive First, however, also offers the customizable option of sending a default message to all missed text messages and will notify parents if the application has been tampered with or disabled.
AT&T offers an application called DriveMode which has to be manually activated to disable calls, texts, and emails. There is the option of setting it to allow one music and navigation application and up to 5 selected people to send and receive calls from.
It is important to educate your teens as much as you can about driving. The more you talk, the more they know.