If you ever happen to look or glance over at other drivers while driving down the road, you will unfortunately see many talking or texting on their cellphones while driving. This is pretty scary! However, what’s more scary is the thought of your teenager driving alongside these drivers or, worse yet, the thought of your teenager being the one doing the talking or texting while driving.
According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. In addition, nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting and driving. The remaining statistics are startling. Here are just a few:
1 out of every 4 car accidents is caused by texting and driving
71% of drivers are texting while driving
25% of teens send at least one text message during a single drive
Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk
According to a AAA poll, 94 percent of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway
21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones
The good news is, there are steps that you can take best prepare your teenage driver for this common hazard. The most obvious of which is educating your teenager about this danger. However, as all parents know, not all teenagers apply what they learn. Thankfully, there are now a number of cellphone apps that can alert parents of their teen’s driving habits which, in turn, can help to minimize the likelihood that your teen will engage in this risky behavior. Here are just a few:
This app tracks and scores each driver’s behavior, and can help parents determine if their child is driving safely on the roadways. The app tracks a driver’s route, location, speed, and phone usage.
This app will provide you with a weekly analysis of such things as phone usage, excessive speed, rapid acceleration, and hard braking. This app also provides emergency services.
This app allows the parent to observe driving behavior. The observer can monitor speed and location of the driver, and it can alert you when the driver exceeds the posted speed limit by more than 5 mph. It also allows you to set a speed threshold and will notify you when the driver exceeds that threshold. Best yet, it also lets you know when the driver has disabled the app.
This app will score your driver’s trip, taking into consideration things such as speeding, phone usage, sudden and aggressive braking, and sharp and aggressive acceleration. This way you can review your teen’s trip and see where your teen can improve his/her driving habits.
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These are just a few of the many apps available to provide you at least some comfort as your teen is driving. Unfortunately, however, accidents can still happen despite all of your best efforts. When an Apollo Beach car accident does occur, seek professional help. The attorneys at SouthShore Injury Attorneys are experienced in representing personal injury cases throughout the State of Florida. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact SouthShore Injury Attorneys at (813) 419-3866 for a free consultation.
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