Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Over 3,000 teens are killed each year in car crashes, and over 300,000 are seriously injured. Further, teens are nearly three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers over 20 years of age.
Why does this happen?
Ultimately – a lack of experience and knowledge.
In addition to the Drive Safer programs, there is a wealth of information and resources available to parents and teens when it comes to driving. We have put together a list of resources that we feel might be helpful on your journey.
What is Distracted Driving?
According to Distraction.gov – Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
While the best way to end distracted driving is education, there are also some tools available to “help” you when it comes to your phone.
These tools include smartphone apps, and in-car hardware.
Here are links to several of these tools:
|Name and Link||Type||OS|
|DriveSafe.ly® by iSpeech||App||BlackBerry, Android|
|Drive First by Sprint||App||Android|
|tXtBlocker®||App||BlackBerry, Android, Apple (coming soon)|
|OTTER||App||BlackBerry, Android, OVI|
|Scosche – Text Blocker | Cell Control||Hardware / App||BlackBerry, Android, Windows|
|Cellcontrol||App||Blackberry, Android, Apple, BREW|
|Steer Clear® by State Farm®||App||Android, Apple|
|Drive Beehive||App||Android, Apple|
|Drive Mode® by AT&T||App||Android, Apple|
|Drive Safe Mode™||App||Android, Apple|
|DriveCam by Lytx||Hardware||N/A|
New Jersey has many wonderful resources and programs available to parents, teens, teachers and others.
We have listed many of these resources here:
|NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition||http://teensafedriving.org/nj|
|NJ Teen Driving||http://www.njteendriving.com |
|Brain Injury Alliance of NJ||http://www.bianj.org|
|NJ Driver Education||http://www.njdrivereducation.com|
|NJ Safe Roads||http://www.njsaferoads.com|
|NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) – GDL Guidelines||http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/About/safety_gdl.htm|
|NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) – First Time Driver Licensing||http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/FirstTime.htm|
|NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) – Sample Knowledge Test||http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/sample_knowledge_test.htm|
|NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) – 6 Point ID Verification||http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/6PointID.htm|
|NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) – Driver Manuals||http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/About/manuals.htm|
|NJ Move Over Law||http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/move-over-law/|
|Keys 2 Drive – AAA Program for NJ||http://teendriving.aaa.com/NJ|
|GDL Game Plan for Coaches||Download PDF|
|NJ TRANSIT Driver Education Safety Program||http://www.njtransit.com|
|New Jersey Manufacture’s Teen Driver Safety Program||https://www.njm.com|
The following is a list of national websites, programs and resources related to Teen Driving:
|National Safety Council||http://www.nsc.org |
|DCH Auto Group – Teen Safe Driving Foundation||http://www.dchauto.com|
|Safe Kids Worldwide||http://www.safekids.org/getting-ready-drive/|
|Students Against Destructive Decisions | SADD||http://www.sadd.org|
|National Organizations for Youth Safety | NOYS||http://www.noys.org |
|National Highway Traffic Safety Association | NHTSA||http://www.nhtsa.gov |
|The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | CHOP||http://www.teendriversource.org|
|It Can Wait | AT&T||http://www.itcanwait.com|
|Insurance Institute for Highway Safety | IIHS||http://www.iihs.org |
|Drive It Home||http://www.driveithome.org|
|American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association | ADTSEA||http://www.adtsea.org|
|Under Your Influence | NHTSA||http://www.underyourinfluence.org |
|Centers for Disease Control | CDC||http://www.cdc.gov|
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