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Parents need to instruct teens about distracted driving

Posted On Mon, December 14, 2009

A recent study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project showed that about a quarter of teen respondents said they have text messaged while driving.

The result of the study has prompted the Insurance Information Institute to encourage parents to educate their teens about safe driving practices, which would include avoiding distractions while driving. Such distractions would include eating or speaking on a cell phone, all of which could lead to accidents and higher auto insurance costs.

"Even the best teenage drivers don’t have the judgment that comes from experience," Michael Barry, vice president of media relations for the III, said.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation held a two-day summit regarding distracted driving. Along with examining its causes and ways to prevent distracted driving, a part of the summit paid special attention to the problem among teen drivers.

Parents need to tell their teens to focus on the road while driving. Furthermore, teens who are passengers in a car need to be mindful of the person who is behind the wheel by not distracting them.
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