Now that you know the positives of a distracted driving program, this is the time!
Without guidance on how to prevent this dangerous habit in your community, how can you expect to cut down on the ever-rising distracted driving injuries and fatalities?
With three main types of distraction, teens must know the different ways in which they can have their attention diverted from the road.
Visual distractions, like taking your eyes off the road, prevent you from seeing incoming objects, like cars or animals that have drifted into your lane.
Manual distractions, like taking your hands off the wheel to text on your phone, eat some food, or drink coffee on the way to school, can prevent you from having two hands on the wheel to control the car efficiently.
Lastly, cognitive distractions, which involve taking your mind off of what you’re doing, like daydreaming about school, thinking about your plans, or wondering about other topics, can distract you mentally from what you are visually seeing on the road.
With teenagers not being aware of how they can be distracted on the road, how can you expect them to focus on avoiding these destructive habits?
When teens understand and comprehend the risks of using their phones while operating their vehicles, change occurs! Teenagers nowadays have a whole world at their fingertips – their phone is full of text messages, social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok, and photos that can cognitively distract them from the road. Snapchat alone is used frequently behind the wheel, comprising 38% of app cell phone usage. This app includes teens taking quick photos of themselves or their surroundings, writing short captions, and sending them to their friends – this process takes at least 10 seconds, and is an extremely risky distraction.
The dangers often seem trivial until you can see the true consequence of bad driving etiquette.
Engaging in visual-manual subtasks increase the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
Education is important and the StopWrex program makes it simple to see the dangers with a program that’s creative and engaging. Without awareness, teens may be more likely to reach for their phones while behind the wheel.
Instead of the driver reaching for their phone, there can be apps installed on teenager’s phones to prevent distracted driving. Another “old-fashioned” way of monitoring cell phone use is if the teen can be confident enough to designate a “cell phone user” in the car. This can be the driver’s passenger or someone in the back seat who is in charge of communication with people not in the car. This can prevent the driver from even being tempted to communicate or use their phone.
Having a distracted driving program can give your peers the confidence to ask passengers to obey your rules while they are in your car. This means they should buckle up, not distract you, keep the music at a normal volume, and stay in their seats.
A distracted driving program empowers teens with knowledge, confidence, and the ability to trust in their own driving skills. With this newfound confidence, teen drivers can ask, and even insist, that passengers “keep it cool” while you’re driving!