August 9, 2023

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Distracted Driving: A Wake-Up Call for Teens and Parents

One of the first ways teens practice responsibility and independence is by earning their driver’s license and getting behind the wheel.

It’s an exciting time – being in charge of your own transportation – but it’s also a societal commitment to being safe on the road. Reckless driving can result in bodily harm and death for yourself, your passengers and other drivers; damage to automobiles, buildings and roadways; and a lot of time and money spent navigating insurance, legal fees, tickets and more. That’s why it’s critically important when teaching teens to drive that they understand what distracted driving is and the cost of driving distracted.

 

Is your teen ready for the road?

 

Take the UPS Road Code Challenge and see if you know the rules of the road.

 

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Boys & Girls Clubs provides yearly teen driving programs that ensure our teens can learn the rules of smart driving. Here’s some of what Club teens have learned:

Top 3 Common Distractors on the Road

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the below three issues are the most common distractions many of us all face on the road:

 

  • Visual distractions such as looking at your GPS navigation, a billboard on the highway, looking at scenery that’s not directly in your front view.
  • Manual distractions that might cause you to move your hands away from the wheel, that can include using your phone, changing your music, eating or even reaching for something in the backseat.
  • Cognitive distractions that might take your mind off of driving, such as singing, talking and or daydreaming.

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