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Driving Distractions That Teens Should Avoid

Teenage girl sitting in the driver's seat of a car holding up a set of car keys

As the parents of a teen who has just been in a car accident, you likely have many questions. You may be wondering what led up to the crash, what could have been done to avoid it, and how you can help keep your teen safe on the road in the future.

In this blog post, the Biren Law Group will outline some common driving distractions that teens should avoid to keep themselves and others safe on the road.

1. Cell Phones

Texting and driving while on the phone is a significant distraction that can turn your attention away from the road. We do not recommend using your phone while driving, especially if you are a new driver. If you must make a phone call or respond to a text, we recommend you pull into a parking lot. Keeping your cell phone on Do Not Disturb can also assist you from reaching for the phone.

2. Passengers

Having friends or other passengers in the car may be fun, but it can be a huge distraction. It’s important to let your friends know that some conversations can wait till you all are out of the car. Tell them to avoid yelling, arguing, and pointing at distractions to keep themselves safe.

3. Music

Playing music loudly or changing songs frequently can also be a distraction. Pull over to a safe location and adjust the audio if you need to adjust your music. Want to avoid that? Set your desired volume at the beginning of your drive while you’re parked.

4. Assisted Driving Technology

Assisted driving technology, such as lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, is becoming increasingly common in new cars. While this technology can be helpful for experienced drivers, it can be dangerous for new drivers who are not accustomed to using it. When used improperly, assisted driving technology can cause a car to veer off course or fail to brake in time. This can lead to serious accidents, especially at high speeds. As a result, it is important for new drivers to take the time to learn how to properly use assisted driving technology before hitting the road. Otherwise, they may be putting themselves and others at risk.

5. Rubbernecking

If you're driving and you see something interesting, it can be tempting to look at it instead of paying attention to the road. However, this can be very dangerous and is one of the leading causes of accidents. It's critical to keep your eyes on the road at all times.

Staying focused and avoiding the listed distractions are the key to a safe summer. But unfortunately, accidents still happen no matter how many precautions one may take. If you or a loved one were recently injured in a car accident, our personal injury attorneys at Biren Law Group can help you.

Contact us at (310) 896-4345 or visit our website to get started on a consultation request form.