Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Get there safe - Don't use your phone while driving your car

The realities of young drivers

The fact is, it's costly to add a young driver, even when nothing else has changed on the policy. Risk impacts premium, and young drivers are risky. This may be surprising to parents, so here are a few reasons to help explain why.
  • Leading cause of teen crashes
  • Three most commons errors due to experience:
    1. Lack of scanning the roadway
    2. Driving too fast for conditions
    3. Distraction by something inside/outside vehicle
  • Texting and talking on the phone (even hands free!)
  • Other distractions aren't high-tech: eating, reaching for something, putting on make up or checking out pretty scenery
  • Not just driving faster than the posted limit
  • Includes driving too fast in poor conditions
  • Teens don’t yet know how to adjust when traffic is moving faster or slower than the posted speed limit
  • Results in following too closely or unsafe passing
Impaired driving:
  • Often caused by alcohol
  • All 50 states have zero tolerance laws for underage drinking and driving
  • Driving without sleep can be like driving drunk
  • Teens need, but rarely get, eight to ten hours of sleep. Getting only six increases crash risk and being awake 18 hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .10 percent - that's higher than the legal limit for adults!