Driving safely can be challenging enough when full attention is given to the road and its potential
hazards. Driving while operating a cell phone, adjusting the radio, or eating and drinking can be
distracting and potentially dangerous.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has long been concerned with the issues of distracted
driving and novice drivers. After an investigation, the Board recommended that all states prohibit holders
of learner’s permits and intermediate licenses from using cell phones while driving.
- When teens text while they drive, they veer off lane 10% of their total drive time.
- 94% of teenagers understand the consequences of texting and driving, but 35% of them admitted
that they do it anyway.
- Of all the teenagers ever involved in fatal accidents every year, 21% were using a cell phone at
the time of the accident.
- Teen drivers have a 400% higher chance of being in a car crash when texting while driving than
- 25% of teens respond to at least one text while driving, every single time.
Parents Need to Set the Example
Seventy-seven percent of teens said they have been lectured about the dangers of texting while driving,
however, those same adults were reported to text and drive “all the time,” according to the previously
noted AT&T survey.