It’s worse than we thought: terrifying video study of teen distracted driving crashes

NHTSA estimated that about 15% of teen driver car crashes are caused by driver distraction. AAA researchers pulled in-car event recorders and analyzed almost 1700 teen drivers in the six seconds before a crash. Distraction was a factor in 58% of teen car crashes. That’s a huge difference: four times more teen car crashes could… Learn More »

Your teenager is a terrible driver

Parental involvement is one of the most important factors in keeping teen drivers safe. But most parents assume that our teenagers are better, safer drivers than they really are. 89% of teens said they reply text message or email within five minutes even if they are driving a car, according to an AT&T survey. Consequently,… Learn More »

Most distracted driving deaths don’t involve cell phone use

“Lost in thought” was the main cause of fatal distracted driving accidents, according to a new study. Erie Insurance looked at 2 years of U.S. police reports for more than 65,000 fatal car accidents: 10% named distracted driving as the primary cause of the crash. Out of those 6,500 fatal car crashes attributed to distracted… Learn More »

Just a few seconds…

“Just a Few Seconds” might change the way you drive. This new documentary short, produced by EndDD.org, brings us face-to-face with the victims of distracted driving: the daughter of a man hit by a distracted driver, and the teenage driver who looked down for “just a few seconds”. Watch the video: This powerful video will… Learn More »

How closely should we monitor teenage drivers?

Only 1% of parents think that their teenager regularly sends or receives text messages while driving. The reality is that a full 26% of teens admit to this dangerous behavior, according to a new poll from The University of Michigan. In an AT&T survey of teens, 89% said they reply to a text message or… Learn More »

Teen passengers distract drivers – and increase the risk of fatality

Recently, attorney Doug Oh-Keith and I have been talking to Oregon high school students about distracted driving as a part of the nationwide project EndDD.org. These teens shared personal stories about how they, their friends, and their parents have been distracted behind the wheel. So I should not have been surprised to read a study… Learn More »