Have you ever sent a text or answered a phone call while driving, honestly? Do you know if your teens have? We’re raising our kids in a generation where our eyes are glued to our electronics and it’s not just hurting our social lives, it’s hurting us physically.
A recent study of teen drivers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports.
CARSTAR, with collision repair facilities located all around the country, sees the consequences of distracted driving firsthand and has teamed up with the National Auto Body Council, actively working to help reduce the number of accidents it causes with their #ItCanWait campaign.
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With it being prom and graduation season, the instances of distracted driving among teens are much more frequent. Taking “on our way to prom” selfies, texting your favorite event snaps to friends, or trying to use your GPS to figure out where that graduation party is… Driving isn’t getting the focus it needs and “the best night of your life” could turn into the last. In a study of rear-end crashes, it was determined by researchers that teen drivers using cell phones crashed without even braking or steering because their averted attention drastically reduced their reaction time. It’s really quite terrifying but it’s a reality and it’s something that a lot of people don’t take very seriously.
People often think that if they reply to that text “really quickly”, it’s not a big deal.
Researchers found that drivers manipulating their cell phone (includes calling, texting or other uses), had their eyes off the road for an average of 4.1 out of the final six seconds leading up to a crash.
It’s not going to happen to you until it does and it’s preventable, so why should it?
CARSTAR’s #ItCanWait campaign seeks to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. They offer tips to help with that tempting urge to take your eyes off of the road, especially during these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. These tips include: Taking and sharing your pictures before you reach the car, designating someone else to man the GPS, downloading an app that will silence notifications and inform the sender that you’re driving, or even hiring a car service if the event budget allows.
You can sign up at ItCanWait.com to pledge and share your commitment to safety with CARSTAR’s #ItCanWait campaign. While you’re there, you can also learn more about the CARSTAR #ItCanWait campaign and get more tips and tools. The ItCanWait website includes links to those useful apps that will help you curb your texting and driving. Share #ItCanWait and your pledge with your teens, share with your friends, let’s keep the awareness going and protect our loved ones.
You can tweet with #ItCantWait and follow @ItCanWait on Twitter to be part of the awareness campaign!