Losing your teenage child to an auto accident is not easy. But to many whose children were lost in preventable crashes, the feeling of powerlessness can be overpowering. Instead of focusing on grief and ignoring the risks many others may be exposed to, one parent is hitting the road to inspire others to put an end to distracted driving.
About 30 years ago, the driving-behavior specialist lost his teenage son to a car crash. According to a series of reports, the longtime educator shares his story while explaining what’s behind distracted driving.
In his presentations, the specialist talk to teenagers, explaining how the brain reacts to distractions while the vehicle is being operated. According to the expert, vehicles travel about 88 feet per second when traveling at 60 miles per hour. If a driver looks down to his cell phone for just a couple of seconds, he or she may end up missing long stretches of road as a result. If that occurs, it’s almost as if the driver had been traveling with their eyes closed.
On average, individuals take about 7 to 11 seconds to get their cellphones when trying to call someone. Traveling at 60 miles per hour, that is the same as driving more than 600 feet of road without seeing what is going on. And since the margin of error behind the wheel is small, brains have a hard time adapting to the several activities drivers often take part in while behind the wheel.
In order to alert others to the potential problems, parents like the driving-behavior specialist are working tirelessly to make sure others are not exposing themselves to unnecessary risks.
If you are a parent and your child is gearing up to learn more about driving, make sure they understand that the responsibility of driving safely is all theirs. Vehicles can be deadly weapons. Unless drivers are serious about their safety and helping others to stay safe, distracted driving will continue to put countless lives in major danger.
Watch the video below to learn some important facts on distracted driving among teen drivers: