October 2017

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Prevent Your Teen From Distracted Driving

Unexpected things can happen when you’re driving. Another car cuts you off. A rock hits your windshield. You might not have much time to react.

That’s why it’s risky to take your eyes off the road while you’re driving. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car crashes.

Teens aren’t experienced drivers. They’re still developing good judgment behind the wheel. For teens, car crashes are the leading cause of death. How can parents keep a teen driver safe?

First, be a good example. Be your teen’s role model for good driving. Don’t send texts or take pictures while you’re driving.

As a parent, it’s your role to set the rules for your teen driver. Don’t allow your teen to use a cell phone while driving. Ride along with your teen when you can. You may also want to limit their driving with other teens. Having other passengers, especially teens, in the car can be dangerously distracting.

You can learn more about how to help your teen develop good driving habits. See NIH’s infographic for parents at www.nichd.nih.gov/news/resources/links/infographics/Pages/DistractedDriving.aspx.