According to statistics, teen drivers (ages 16 to 19) have the highest rate of traffic-related accidents in the United States compared to any other age range. And if you’ve seen the videos from their dashcam that were posted online, you will understand why. From the in-vehicle footage, you can see very alarming things they do while driving—using cellphones, changing their clothes, and some are even doing their makeup while they’re behind the wheel.
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Watching the dashcam videos of about 1,700 teen drivers, analysts working for AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety noticed that most of the time, distraction plays a big role in the last six seconds before the crash at about 58 percent. The earlier calculations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that distraction is responsible for only 14 percent of accidents involving teen drivers.
Of the last six seconds before a crash, 4.1 (on average) seconds of it are spent by teenagers looking at their mobile phones.
The main cause of distractions for teen drivers were interactions with other passengers (15 percent of vehicular accidents), use of cellphone (12 percent of vehicular accidents), and looking at something inside the vehicle (10 percent of vehicular accidents).
Furthermore, teens who use their phones before the accident are not able to steep on the brake or steer correctly before the crash—a strong indication that mobile phones have a severe impact on teen drivers’ response time compared to other forms of disturbance.
As a precaution, parents are advised to get a GPS tracker like Trackimo. With this GPS tracker, it will be easier for you to monitor your teen drivers. With Trackimo, you can check on them in real-time if they are safe or in distress. You can create a fence zone and set specific areas or places where your child is only permitted to go. If your child goes out of those boundaries, you will receive an alert on your mobile phone. Trackimo device also has a panic button that your teen driver can press in case he or she needs an emergency assistance.
Parents are also encouraged to always remind their teenagers not to text and drink while driving, to use the seat belts, and to not drive at night to avoid accident.