GET SAFE 2018-05-23T14:02:45+00:00

The first year of licensed driving is the most exciting and dangerous year of a teen’s life.
But the facts are hard to hear.

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens.

TIPS TO AVOID DISTRACTIONS

  • Turn it off and stow it. Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it’s out of reach.
  • Use a cell phone app that automatically notifies callers when you are driving and stops tempting notifications.
  • Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area away from traffic.
  • Ask a passenger to operate the phone for you while you’re driving.
  • X the Text. Don’t ever text and drive, browse online, read your email or social media while driving. It’s dangerous and against the law in most states. Even voice -to-text isn’t risk-free.
  • Prepare your route. If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. Pull over to a safe area away from traffic if you need to review.
  • Secure your pets. Unsecured pets can be a big distraction in the car.
  • Focus on driving. Multi-tasking behind the wheel is dangerous. Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your attention off the road.

THERE ARE THREE MAIN TYPES OF DISTRACTION:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction.

  • 71% of teens say they have sent texts while driving
  • 78% say they have read texts while driving

*Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

According to a AAA poll, 21 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

*Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

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Email: tenix@utk.edu
Phone: (865) 974-4621